Even if you have received an offer letter for a spring assignment, the administration might still give your class to a FT faculty member. That’s because the administration showed astounding levels of disregard for members on Friday when they presented a proposal that wipes out seniority, job security and fair course assignment for pt faculty. The college wants to be able to assign classes to whomever they choose, regardless of teaching experience and they want members to essentially reapply for their jobs every time their course curriculum changes. This means that pt faculty would be limited to teaching no more than two courses, make even less money and that FT faculty or any new applicant off the street could easily claim your courses. Here is a link to the original opening statement from the college. And here is the link to P-fac’s bargaining statement.
The atmosphere at the bargaining table on Friday was contentious and ugly. The administration is no longer pretending that the are interested in working together for a fair contract. They have made it clear that they don’t value our union, our members or our importance to Columbia College. One member who observed bargaining for the first time had this to say:
“After observing the most recent bargaining session on November 10, I was particularly struck by the administration’s apparent lack of regard for the legal protocol of union bargaining. I find it hard to believe they are not aware of the procedures. The only conclusion I can draw is that they don’t respect our members and the union that represents us enough to actually adhere to them. The issue for me has gone beyond negotiating a contract for adjunct faculty – this has become a fight for the college itself.”