After 15 months of negotiations, Temple’s Administration and TAUP have reached a Tentative Agreement for a first contract for adjunct faculty, expiring in October, 2019. Approved by TAUP’s Executive Committee, it will now go to our members for ratification. The date for the ratification vote will be set soon, and we will shortly be sending out procedures for ratification.
Three important points about this agreement: 1) adjuncts have won significant raises and protections; 2)a one-year extension of the full-time faculty contract means in Academic Year 2018-19 there is a provision for the same raise as in 2017-18 with no other changes to the contract; 3) going forward, TAUP will bargain as a united union, part-time and full-time.
Some key details are listed below. First, it is important to explain why we have agreed to a two-year contract for adjuncts with a one-year extension of the current full-time contract. This was the result of the Administration’s pushing for a three-year adjunct deal and treating it essentially as a separate contract. This runs counter to the rightful finding of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board that we are ONE union and would also weaken us at the bargaining table by forcing us to negotiate at separate times, undercutting our solidarity. Also, after over a year of negotiations, the Administration understandably did not want to bargain over adjunct conditions again in the coming Spring along with the full-time contract. A two-year adjunct contract with a one-year extension for the full-time faculty was the best way to resolve this conflict. It means that our entire unit will be able to bargain together in 2019 and act together more effectively.
The contract offers substantial gains for ALL our members and puts TAUP in a stronger position as we look ahead. Although this contract, like all contracts, does not include everything we hoped for, it lays the foundation for a future where we can make those gains. And it immediately establishes gains for ALL our members once ratified. (To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the Bargaining Unit as an adjunct, please see Article 2 of the Tentative Agreement.)
- Adjunct salaries:
- In Academic Year 2017-18, the minimum salary for adjuncts increases from $1300 to $1425 per credit hour.
- In Academic Year 2018-19, the minimum increases from $1425 to $1500 per credit hour. Taking these two increases together, this is a raise of 15.4% over the current minimum that will take effect at the beginning of AY 2018-19, less than a year from now.. It is also the first time we know of that adjuncts across the university have ever received raises two years in a row.
- According to our rough estimates, over 70% of adjuncts would receive a raise in the minimum the first year and 80% cumulatively over both years.
- Those earning between $1425 and $1500 get a $150 one-time payment the first time they teach during 2017-18.
- Full-time salaries and benefits:
- Full-time members of the bargaining unit will receive the same raise on 7/1/18 as on 7/1/17, which was the largest in the 2014-18 contract: 1.625% across-the-board, and 1.25-1.75% merit.
- This extension means that full-time members will not immediately face the pressure of higher health insurance premiums and co-pays. Since we signed our last contract in 2014, all other unions who have signed contracts and employees not covered by collective bargaining have seen increases in premiums and co-pays.
- Given that Temple does not know what its state appropriation for this year will be, locking in this raise and our current health care costs and benefits is, we believe, a wise choice.
- Other gains for adjuncts:
- A joint committee will be established to explore increasing Job Security for adjuncts. Within a year of forming, the committee is required to report to the Administration and TAUP, who are required to respond within two months of receiving the report.
- The Health Insurance subsidy currently offered to adjuncts is now in the contract and thus not subject to unilateral administrative change, and the terms of eligibility are expanded so more adjuncts will qualify.
- Adjuncts will now be protected by procedures on Grievance, Arbitration, and Discipline/Dismissal. The arbitration procedure turns to impartial, independent arbitrators to settle disputes.
- Each adjunct will have an official Personnel File in the department or college that will include standard information. Union membership information will not be part of the file. Adjuncts will be informed when material is added to their personnel file, and they get a chance to include a rebuttal of any negative information placed in it.
- Protections for adjuncts’ Academic Freedom are written into the contract.
- Joint committees are established to investigate Affirmative Action, Promotion, and Office Space.
- Adjunct faculty whose classes are cancelled within one week prior to the start of classes or during Add-Drop will receive 4% of the salary they would have received as compensation.
The agreement is now posted on the TAUP website. Over the next few days, we will be sending out further eBulletins on this Tentative Agreement, and we look forward to communicating with you in the days and weeks ahead.
Steve Newman, President
Jennie Shanker, Vice President
Norma Corrales-Martin, Treasurer
Art Hochner, Chief Negotiator
On behalf of the Negotiating Team and the Executive Committee