The truth matters

Posted: April 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Last evening, I received the following email from a recent, former EB member.  It said,

I know you know Debra but just wanted to ask/remind? You that her [that would be yours truly] great 3% stand alone raise was that state mandated equity pay for part timers that I believed you discovered?”

Unfortunately, for the sender, she mistakenly sent it to me; she had intended it to go to Debra Stakes. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

Aside from being troubled by the poor grammar, I am even more troubled by the knowledge that your union president has apparently been telling untruths (and, taking credit for the discovery) to the EB and faculty that somehow the raise that we fought tooth and nail for for part-time faculty those years ago was “State mandated additional salary to be used only for PT faculty.”  I have only to ask: what planet is she living on?  The only money that the state “mandated” was pay for part-time office hours.  NEVER was any money mandated for part-time faculty salary!  If only ’twere true!  We angered a number of full-timers with that move to help part-timers, but we believed we had to do it.  I would do it again.  State mandated pay equity, indeed.  Our bargaining team that took the heat about this issue should be livid to hear this.  We fought like crazy for this because management wanted to give that almost 3% raise to only full-timers with none of it going to part-timers. Management doesn’t like to give raises to any faculty but especially not to part-timers.  They believe part-timers are expendable and have said so.  Our current college president and the Board have said so in public.

As for full-time salary, full-timers do need a substantial raise.  In keeping with the parity issues to part-timers of across-the-board increases, however, bargaining can occur to give part-timers a higher increase than full-timers in a particular year, for example.  This can work if faculty work together–and you are told the truth by your union.

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