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Despite the reported opposition from New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, the resolution supporting a $5,000 minimum starting salary per course for adjuncts was debated and passed April 4 by the statewide SUNY Student Assembly, which represents some 463,000 students.
The following report is by James DeArce, an adjunct at SUNY New Paltz, who is both a nursing student and Student Trustee Member of the Board of Trustees at SUNY Ulster County Community College: MORE
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!”
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.
Student activists, union organizers, confront SUNY chancellor in New Paltz
NEW PALTZ – SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was confronted with tough questions about faculty wages and racial relations, during a visit Thursday afternoon to the campus of New Paltz College.
Organizers from United University Professions – joined by student activists – politely crashed the faculty meeting where Zimpher was speaking, demanding justice with ongoing contract negotiations.
Dozens of protesters holding placards in back demanded a raise in adjunct salaries from an average $3,000 to $5,000 per class taught. There is no minimum per class compensation for adjuncts in New York.
Find out more here: http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2013/May/10/Zimpher_SNP-10May13.html
Faculty pay puts SUNY leader on the spot
By Jeremiah Horrigan
NEW PALTZ — As college protests go, this one was pretty polite — by design.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was scheduled to address the faculty Thursday morning, and some of the faculty were intent on addressing her with questions about pay levels for adjuncts and contingent teachers.
When it was all over, protest organizer and union chapter President Peter Brown declared the protest a success on one hand and a surprise on the other.
“We got the message across that adjuncts and contingent faculty are the lowest-paid people on campus, despite their keeping the educational enterprise going.”