A Productive Strike and Next Steps

A Productive Strike and Next Steps

Wednesday 4/4 was truly a historic day at Loyola.

NTT Faculty stood up with support from Grad Student Assistants, undergrad students, tenured faculty, and union members, clergy and the poor people’s campaign from across the city.

Here is some press coverage of the strike and what’s at stake:

Report on the strike from the Chicago Tribune
Report on the strike from WGN
Report on the strike from the Washington Post
Report on the strike from Inside Higher Ed
Op-Ed from tenured History Professor in the Loyola Phoenix
Op-Ed in the Chicago Sun Times
Interview …

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We’re STRIKING Tomorrow. Here’s Why.

Last night, after 13 hours of bargaining attended by over 40 contingent faculty members, we were ready to reach an agreement with the University on our first union contract that would have granted us higher wages, more stability and a voice at the table.

However, at the 11th hour, after two years of negotiations, after the union membership had agreed on many compromises in order to reach a fair (but not perfect) agreement, the administration would not reach an agreement with us.

The University chose not to …

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We’ve Finally Got Their Attention…Progress at the Table

We’ve Finally Got Their Attention…Progress at the Table

We made more progress in negotiations during the last 21 hours than we made in the previous 21 months.  The Loyola administration made positive changes to their proposals on compensation, appointments, and workload.  While this is a very good development, we still have a lot of work to do in order to reach an agreement on our first union contract.

We are working together in coalition with undergraduate students angry about racism on campus, graduate assistants who formed a union but with whom …

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Unsatisfactory LUC Admin Proposals

Unsatisfactory LUC Admin Proposals

While most NTTs were away on Spring Break the Loyola Administration, for the first time in TWENTY-ONE months, gave us their economic proposals. The proposals are an insult to the importance of our work, and showed no respect for the contribution contingent faculty make to the life of the University. 
How far apart are they from our proposals?

Compensation:

 
Union proposal
Administration Proposal

Adjunct Per Course Pay

[currently $4000-4500/course]
2018-19: $5,500

2019-20: $6,500

2020-21: $7,500
2018-19: +$200

2019-20: +~2% [not guaranteed]

2020-21: +~2% [not guaranteed]

FT Lecturer Minimum Salary
2018-19:  +9%

2019-20: +3%

2020-21: +3%
2018-19:  <1%

2019-20: No increase

2020-21: No increase

Raises above minimum
10% over 3 years
“Merit”

 

Job Security for Adjuncts:

Loyola:           Same as now – …

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Crucial Mtg & VOTE for NTT Faculty Tues 2/20

Crucial Mtg & VOTE for NTT Faculty Tues 2/20

Crucial Meeting and VOTE for All Unionized Faculty Tuesday, February 20th

Calling Loyola NTT Faculty members – full-time Lecturers, Instructors and Adjuncts from CAS and ELLP! Join your colleagues to vote on a plan of action to win our first union contract!

We formed our Union over two years ago and we are now at an important decision point: What will we do if we don’t reach an agreement on a fair contract by Easter?

Is job security with longer appointments important to you?
Is a reasonable workload and course load for full-time NTTs …

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We’ve Waited Too Long, The Time to Act Is Now

We’ve Waited Too Long, The Time to Act Is Now

We made more progress in  negotiations on Friday, February 2nd as we agreed to contract articles on evaluations and faculty duties and responsibilities.  Also, for the first time, the Loyola administration made a modest proposal for a cancellation fee to be paid to adjunct faculty if a course assignment is canceled at the last minute.

As we go forward, the negotiations will turn on five key issues:

Greater job and income security for adjuncts instead of semester to semester appointments
A more reasonable workload for full-time NTT …

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U. Senate Votes to Support Fair Contract for Union by End of this Semester

U. Senate Votes to Support Fair Contract for Union by End of this Semester

At the January 26th LUC University Senate meeting, several dozen NTT faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and Tenure Track allies showed up and spoke out on a proposal to encourage the administration to bargain in good faith and finalize a fair contract by the end of this Spring semester. Thanks to their passionate contributions, the resolution to support an expedient process toward a just contract for contingent faculty passed!

Senators Pamela Caughie (Professor, English) and Tisha Rajendra (Associate Professor, Theology) presented the proposal, which stated …

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We Proposed Fair Pay Increases & the Loyola Administration Responded With Rumors

We Proposed Fair Pay Increases & the Loyola Administration Responded With Rumors

 

The Loyola administration is spreading rumors that the NTT Faculty Union’s proposals for pay equity are extreme. At the same time, after 18 months of negotiating, the administration hasn’t made any proposals or counter-proposals related to pay for NTT faculty. So, we want to set the record straight.

What have we proposed?

After a 10-year pay freeze,

a pay increase for adjuncts to a minimum of $7,500 per course by the beginning of 2019. Loyola adjunct faculty are among the lowest paid in Chicago. 1
a pay increase for …

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11.8.17 NTT Faculty Bargaining Update

11.8.17 NTT Faculty Bargaining Update

A Socially Just Workplace Means Fair Pay & Equal Benefits

“It is all of our responsibility to ensure an increasingly fair, competitive, and socially just workplace.” — President Jo Ann Rooney 9/21/2017

At the end of negotiations on November 8th, we gave Loyola management our initial proposals for increased pay and benefits.  While the management is still arguing about ground rules and trying to restrict Unionized faculty rights, we have put forward proposals on all of our major goals:

Creating one faculty
Moving past contingency
Greater transparency and consistency
Progress toward parity …

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Pro-Social Justice or Anti-Union? Loyola Can’t be Both!

Pro-Social Justice or Anti-Union? Loyola Can’t be Both!

The Loyola Administration cannot declare as they do on their loyolaforyou.org website (set up by a contracted firm to make the case against graduate worker unionization) that they are “pro-social justice”, when their actions have put them on the same side of history as prominent right-wing activists.

It is important to look past what they say, and instead focus on what they do:

Loyola administration refused to recognize the graduate student union and schedule negotiations with them. Instead, they are hoping legal challenges to the rights of …

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