We are writing you on behalf of the Bargaining Committee of the Union of Adjunct Faculty and Tutors at Manhattanville. We know many of your are eager for higher salaries, better protection, and more respectful treatment in terms of the ways that Mville treats its adjunct faculty and tutors. We are writing today to give you the latest update on bargaining, specifically on the negotiation over salaries. We are also writing to let you know what we need from you in order to make more progress and win a contract we can all be proud of that significantly improves our jobs here at Manhattanville
In our last update of September, 2012, we wrote that we proposed that Mville pay us $3500 per three credit course ($4500 if you hold a terminal degree) and an additional $1000 per three credit course after ten terms of teaching.
Here is the wage proposal that Mville presented to us on November 13th:
*Newly hired Adjunct Faculty will earn $2400 per three credit course (the pay of Adjunct Faculty earning less than $2400 will be increased to $2400.)
*After ten terms of teaching, Adjunct Faculty will earn $2800 per three credit course (the pay of Adjunct Faculty earning between $2401 and $2799 will be increased to $2800.)
*After 20 terms of teaching, Adjunct Faculty will earn $3200 per three credit course (the pay of Adjunct Faculty earning between $2801 and $3199 will be increased to $3200.)
*The pay of Adjunct Faculty earning more than $3200 will remain what is.
*All of those numbers are for 2012-13, in the subsequent years of the contract Mville proposes that "salary increases will be granted in accordance with the approved salary pool increase each year for administrative and staff personnel." So, as Ruth said, if the Board of Directors approves a 50% increase for administrative and staff salaries, adjunct faculty will get a 50% raise too. (YES, she really used 50% increase as her example). She went on to explain that if the Board of Directors did not feel that the budget allowed for an increase to administrative and staff salaries, then adjunct faculty would not get a raise either.
*As far as tutors and adjunct faculty who teach private music lessons, the administration's bargaining team told us they'd have a wage proposal for tutors at the next bargaining session (which will be next Tuesday, November 27th) and that they hoped to have one for adjunct faculty who teach music lessons soon, perhaps on the 27th though they said they couldn't commit firmly to that now. We are also awaiting a wage proposal from them for those of us in the School of Education who supervise student teachers.
How did Mville come up with these numbers? They told us that they derived these salaries from "comparable mostly private colleges in the region." Their list turned out to have many schools we've never heard of, some from as far away as Rhode Island. It's questionable if those institutions are really "comparable" and, frankly, even if they are, it's irrelevant.
To us, it's not much different than what we currently earn. What do you think?
If you agree it's not enough, that it's disrespectful, that it's making it unaffordable to work at Mville, then come join us by doing the following:
*First and most importantly, sign and return the membership form so we know you stand behind us.
*Let us know that you're willing to make the time to come to a bargaining session. It's hard to overstate the importance "filling the room" can have on the way that Mville Administration view us. The next session is Tuesday, November 27th from 3 PM to 5 PM in the Holladay Room on the third floor of Reid Castle.
*We need folks to volunteer to serve as a liaison between the department and the members of the bargaining team.
Please feel free to contact any of us below or call our Union representatives Julie Berman and Daniel Esakoff with any comments, questions, and concerns. Their phone number is 212-989-3470.
We urge you to participate for the good of all of us.
On Behalf of the Union of Adjunct Faculty and Tutors at Manhattanville Bargaining Committee,
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