As we enter into contract negotiations it’s important that we all stand together for a collegial relationship at the bargaining table around an agenda that prioritizes our students’ education. Whether you voted for or against unionization we hope that you see how important it is for us, as educators, to work with our administration around these principles. We have sculpted our bargaining priorities into three main categories and our bargaining proposals are grouped around these main themes.
We chose our priorities by looking at the bargaining surveys that were completed over the summer and from a series of meetings with faculty of all different departments. Various members of the bargaining committee have described the goals and why we think they are so important to faculty and students:
“Parity can be achieved by increasing the per course pay to an equivalent per course amount for full-time teaching faculty. Parity can also be achieved by moving away from piecework or per course pay and converting adjuncts who teach regularly into salaried employees on a pro rata basis.”
“We would like to see changes that help us get closer to Bentley’s stated goals of developing and sustaining a community-oriented environment and employing, developing and rewarding high-quality, passionate people.”
“Part-time faculty are an integral part of the larger Bentley community and we deserve improved worked conditions, more pedagogical opportunities, and professional development support. We are committed to Bentley, and Bentley now needs to commit to supporting our professional development.”