We held our first negotiations on June 4th with the Bentley administration’s negotiating committee. We outlined our goals and approach to the negotiations in this presentation. The administration responded by outlining some of their key bargaining goals as well. Overall, the process was respectful and collegial with some honest exchanges regarding the current status and possible future of adjuncts at Bentley.
Throughout the negotiations our overarching theme was how important it is that Bentley values teaching as part of its core mission ― that students” learning is a pivotal focus for administrators and faculty alike. As teaching faculty, we want to make sure that the work we do is supported and valued appropriately. Here are the main goals we outlined:
• Creating One Faculty: This includes recognizing our contribution to the Bentley community of faculty and students, providing greater opportunities for pedagogical engagement, and supporting continued professional development that informs our teaching.
• Moving Past Contingency: Part-time teaching does not need to be treated as contingent or disposable. We can work together to create a more regularized, stable, and predictable employment relationship. While we recognize that not all adjunct faculty teach the same number of courses and perhaps view their relationship with the university differently (e.g., some teach primarily as an avocation while others see teaching at Bentley, and elsewhere, as their primary work), we can work to create a more balanced relationship between our desire to be a more stable part of the faculty and the オンライン カジノ university’s interest in maintaining some operational flexibility.
• Moving Toward Parity: Adjunct faculty should receive the same pay for teaching as full-time teaching faculty. After all, whether a course is taught by an adjunct or full-time faculty member, students pay the same tuition, receive the same credits, and the same standard of teaching excellence is expected.
In addition, we provided the administration with initial “boilerplate” proposals, including one regarding protection of academic freedom. These are articles generally found in collective bargaining agreements that are common across employers and sectors to make sure that the agreement is fair, respects institutional interests, and defines respective rights. It also explains how representation works, and a process for recourse.
The administration laid out some initial concerns that will no doubt provide challenges moving forward. Some of what they said included characterizing “career adjuncts” as more expendable than other Bentley faculty (we think students and colleagues would disagree) and maintaining cost neutrality (not likely given the extraordinarily low pay and current piecework compensation for adjunct faculty).
Our next negotiations are scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., most likely in the Rauch Administration Center. The Bentley Faculty Forward Negotiating Committee will also meet on Monday, June 29th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in JEN 200 and we hope that you can join us at both meetings!
The Bentley Adjunct Negotiating Committee:
Joan Atlas, English & Media Studies
Eric Graber, Economics
Thomas Johnson, History
Theodore Kaplan, Mathematical Sciences
Charles Saccardo, Economics
Santosh Sambare, Finance
Elaine Saunders, Mathematical Sciences
Clarissa Sawyer, Natural & Applied Sciences
George Seeley, Global Studies
Summar Sparks, English & Media Studies
Jonathan Speros, Accountancy
In the booklet above, you will see some of the faces of union supporters among our part-time faculty at Bentley University. You can also read, in our own words, why so many of us support the union — and why we ask you to join us by voting YES when you return your union ballot.
There are many reasons to vote YES: for a collective voice to win better pay; for longer contracts and professional development; for healthcare and consideration for full-time jobs; for other gains like those won by our colleagues at Tufts. Faculty at BU, Lesley and Northeastern are all on their way to strong union contracts as well — Bentley adjuncts can’t afford to be left behind!
We all know Bentley is a special place — one that we all care about deeply as educators. That’s why we are engaged in a shared effort to improve the learning experience on campus. Through collective action, we can make Bentley the best place for us to work and for our students to learn.
Together we will put the focus back on teaching, back on the classroom and back on the University’s core mission. We will win respect for our contributions to the Bentley experience.
As you read through this digital booklet, you will see familiar statements from colleagues from all over campus. You’ve likely expressed similar thoughts and concerns, yourself, or heard the same from fellow adjuncts. You may have even experienced frustration with the Administration’s lack of progress in dealing with these challenges.
This is our opportunity to bring about the changes we know are so desperately needed at Bentley. Through our union, our voices will be heard — just as our colleagues have been heard at campuses across the country.
This is our time to raise the voice of all adjuncts at Bentley and make a real difference on campus. Join us in voting YES for our union.
The Bentley Adjunct Faculty Organizing Committee