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New State Budget Increases Aid for SUNY, Helps Safeguard SUNY Hospitals

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UUP President Fred Kowal

 

The head of the union that represents academic and professional faculty at the State University of New York today expressed concern that while the enacted state budget took many steps forward, it fell short of providing the resources necessary to meet the university’s growing needs.

“State lawmakers responded to our call to increase state support for SUNY’s state-operated campuses and to safeguard SUNY hospitals, and for that we are extremely grateful,” said UUP President Fred Kowal, Ph.D. He noted that the $7.6 million increase for state-operated campuses is the first increase in state support for SUNY since 2008. “It’s a step in the right direction toward closing the gap created by years of underfunding, but more needs to be done.” MORE

 

Faculty Demand Fair Pay For All

Faculty members at SUNY New Paltz, whose salaries have stagnated for years, are determined to take action. Thus far, the departments of Anthropology, Art History, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Library, Sociology, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies have unanimously passed a Resolution for Fair Pay, and more are expected to follow suit in the coming days.

The resolution calls for the College to award raises to those who had previously been recommended for discretionary salary increases (DSI) in 2011 and 2012. The measure also supports a higher starting salary for adjuncts, over 200 part-time lecturers who teach a substantial number of introductory and specialized courses at the College.

According to UUP chapter President Peter D.G. Brown, pay for adjuncts has plummeted by 49% since the 1970s, when adjusted for inflation. At its Delegate Assembly earlier this month, United University Professions (UUP) overwhelmingly supported a $5K Campaign to pay adjuncts a minimum starting salary of $5,000 per three-credit course.

“This is an intolerable situation,” Brown said. “Faculty morale has never been lower in the 42 years that I have been at the College. People are very demoralized, angry and frustrated. Many younger faculty members are actively looking for jobs elsewhere, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to hire good faculty to come and work under these depressing conditions.”

Because the state’s previous contract with the union (UUP) expired in July 2011 and a new one was not in place until July 2013, employees were not paid any DSI during that period. The Resolution for Fair Pay also calls for adjusting the workload of 75 full-time lecturers, whose teaching load is higher at New Paltz than at any of the other comparable colleges in SUNY.

Employees saw their paychecks shrink even further this fall with the imposition of unpaid furlough days and higher mandated premiums for health insurance. According to Brown, “While ignoring the deplorable situation of its current employees, this administration evidently has plenty of money to hire new faculty and lavishly reward former administrators. This is truly an intolerable situation!”Resolution, Elem Ed, 10-13

Departments that have passed this Resolution for Fair Pay at SUNY New Paltz:

Anthropology, Art History, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Library, Sociology, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

This Resolution has also been endorsed by the Student Senate of the Student Association of SUNY New Paltz.

Dispute on SUNY Pay Raises More Questions

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EDITORIAL

September 24, 2013

There’s a conversation on the SUNY New Paltz campus where two sides never manage to meet in the middle.

One side regularly brings up the salary of adjunct faculty, noting that the college relies heavily on these people to carry a significant part of the course load for modest payments and no benefits. The latest attempt to extend this conversation concerned the six-figure salary of an administrator going away on a sabbatical, a generous payment by any standard and especially when contrasted with the money paid to adjunct faculty.

The other participant in this dialogue, the administration, dismissed the complaints and maintained that the two are “completely unrelated.” The sabbatical and the salary for the executive constitute “a testimony to his character and leadership.” He is “the kind of talented administrator you want around the university system.”

Now that’s something we can work with.

If talent, character and leadership are attributes that deserve bountiful compensation, as the administration maintains, then they should be considerations when it comes to paying adjunct faculty as well. That’s something that people beyond the campus, especially the students who apply and the parents who pay the bills, might want to think about.

The college has money to spend on people that it deems worthy….

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Read entire editorial here.