NEA Affiliates in Action
- Education Support Professionals at Nebraska’s Central Community College have won two union certification elections since the first of the year, one bargaining unit for 122 hourly employees and another one for 31 salaried employees. Nebraska State Education Association Higher Ed provided organizing help and legal assistance to the Central Community College Staff Association.
- A federal appeals court has ruled that Pace University must include up to 350 more adjunct faculty members in the adjunct bargaining unit at Pace than the university had been willing to include. The university has been dragging its feet in negotiations between the university and the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace/AFT/NEA since the union was elected as bargaining agent in early 2004.
Despite rulings on the unit from the National Labor Relations Board regional director and the NLRB itself, the university appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which has now upheld the two prior rulings.
- The California Faculty Association and its partners in the Alliance for the CSU are stepping up their efforts to pressure California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to rescind a $386 million cut from the California State University 2008 budget.
CFA has already held rallies and meetings on many CSU campuses including San Francisco State, Sacramento State, and Long Beach and plans more rallies at the rest of the CSU campuses in April. Members of the CSU Board of Trustees have joined CSU students, faculty, and staff, including campus presidents, in carrying the message, “The CSU is the Solution” to a troubled economy.
- Phillip H. Smith, a professor of cell and developmental biology at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, has been elected president of United University Professions (UUP), a joint AFT/NEA affiliate that represents academic and professional faculty at the 29 State University of New York campuses.
- The United Faculty of Eastern, an affiliate of the United Faculty of Washington State, AFT/NEA, and Eastern Washington University have agreed to a new wage package that provides salary increases totaling 10 percent, as part of mid-contract salary negotiations.
The agreement provides a 4.2 percent across-the-board salary increase for tenured and tenure-track faculty and a 4.5 percent across-the-board increase for special faculty, both increases retroactive to January 1, plus another 4.2 percent across-the-board increase for all faculty effective September 1.
In addition, the agreement provides a salary compression adjustment of $500 to the base salaries of associate and full professors, plus an additional 1 percent of base salary for all faculty (prorated for part- time) upon ratification of the agreement. The overload and quarterly faculty minimums increase to $530 per credit from $500 on March 31, 2008 and to $575 per credit on September 1, 2008.
“I am very proud of our team—the way they did their work and what they accomplished for themselves and the rest of the faculty. I am also proud of our stewards who built the meetings and rallies we needed to show the administration that our team had strong, solid support from their colleagues,” said UFE President Don Richter.
- In February, the Chemeketa (OR) Community College Board of Education voted to voluntarily recognize the Chemeketa Faculty Association as the representative of the college’s full- and part-time faculty who had until then been represented by two separate Associations.
The new faculty union will have about 250 full-time and 440 part-time members. Already, the union and the college administration have begun negotiations on a new contract to replace the current contracts that expire in June.
“Politically, (the merger) means one group represents all of the faculty in negotiations with the college, and perhaps in taking a stand on academic issues,” said Steve Richardson, president of Chemeketa Education Association. “There’s power in numbers.”