While you’ll be enjoying your retroactive check at the end of the month, you might want to take a look at the following for some clarity and perspective. The points were taken from a recent email from the union president.
1.) History of recent salary increases/negotiations:
2007-08 3% (Rossa)
2008-09 0% (Merzon)
2009-10 0% (Merzon)
2010-11 0% (“)
2011-12 0% (“)
2012-13 0% (Merzon)
2013-14 0% (Stakes)
2014-15 1%; 1% (“)
2015-16 5% (Stakes)
So, that 7% spreads over two contracts:
The 2% increase for the 2012-2015 contract works out to 0.66% per each year of the contract.
The 5% increase for 2015-16 must be significantly enhanced in the following two years to make a decent annual increase for each year of this new contract, 2015-18.
2.) “The revised articles (4, 5, 6,7 and 10) will become part of our first new contract since 2008.” That can’t be the case. Contracts must be renewed every three years. So, this is confusing.
3.) Maybe someone can explain this to me:
“There is also just under $400K that will be distributed as a one-time stipend to all faculty as compensation for the extra workload for learning elumen and transitioning to Canvas. The stipend will be distributed based on each faculty member’s highest percent workload between the Fall 15 and Spring 16 semesters. This distribution of the off-schedule money benefits part-time faculty and full-time faculty at the lower salary steps. “
We have been told that we were getting a 2% off-schedule increase (the above). I’m no mathematician, but no distribution that I can see gives anyone even close to 2% of $400,000. How does this benefit part-timers and other lower paid faculty more than it does anyone else? Again, I’m confused. If I’m enlightened, I’ll post the answer.
4.) While I along with other breeders are, I’m sure, happy to have the insurance pool continue, family insurance has increased from approximately $300 to $500 a month as a result of the new insurance tiers put forth by the union. So, even though the insurance pool helps, it does not cover the increase felt by families.
Just some things to think about . . . .
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