Last week we finally had federal mediation with the administration. While we were able to make progress around some unresolved issues in the contract, it is clear that the administration has no intention of paying us what we are worth.
After a Year of Negotiations, and Three Years Without a Raise, The Administration Still Insults Us.
The administration proposed to increase per course pay from $5,000 to $5,788 by the 2020-2021 academic year. That means in five years, an adjunct faculty member teaching four courses a year would earn $23,152 without benefits.
A floor specialist at Bentley makes $43,000 with benefits. A dispatcher makes $35,000 with benefits. These are full time jobs and these people deserve to make a living wage, but adjuncts, with advanced degrees, who are integral to the educational mission of the university, will continue to be the lowest paid people on campus.
What We Should Be Paid:
Our proposal would increase per course pay to $7,500 per course by the 2018-2019 academic year. That means three years from now an adjunct teaching four courses would earn $30,000 with no benefits. It would cost the university well under a million dollars more in the third year, which is just .5% of revenue and about .7% of net tuition revenue at the end of the third year — a tiny fraction of what the university spends each year.
Bentley’s lawyers and deans conceded that:
- We may be right in our contention that the adjuncts’ work is valuable to the university.
- We may be right that there is a 20% increase in work because of the per course contact hours that have been added this year and last
- We may be right about the minimal cost to the university
BUT NONE OF THIS MATTERS TO THEM.
The administration feels they don’t need to pay us a cent more than they already do – according to the administration, this minimal increase comes out of pure generosity.
It is clear that we have to proceed with our protest on July 25th.
Direct action is the only way to get the media attention and community support that we need to pressure the administration into offering us a deal we can work with.
Monday, July 25th
175 Forest St.
Waltham, MA 02452
All of us must be involved in order to make progress.
We have one more mediation scheduled before our protest.
Your presence will help. Will you be there?R.S.V.P. Here
Friday, July 22nd
99 Summer St., Boston, MA
Facebook Event: www.BentleyAdjuncts.org/Facebook725
Bentley Adjunct Faculty Union