The faculty union bargaining team was astonished by management's response to our alternative language to the contract that would both protect our members from an arbitrary salary freeze and provide management with a path to renegotiation in the event of demonstrated financial exigency. Their response amounts to a revisionist history of the past and a "let 'em eat cake" approach to the future.
We are left with no alternative but to mobilize our members in defense of higher raises and fair contract language without the "subject to" clause used to freeze our salaries in 2010.
Faculty next steps:
1) Since top administrators are claiming our members will accept a contract with low raises and no salary guarantees, we are asking every member to take a moment and send this email (or a personalized one) to President Barchi, the chancellors, and the provosts. Faculty silence is read by top administrators as tacit consent, so please act now: Click here to view sample message.
2) If management still refuses to budge on raises and the "subject to" clause at next week's bargaining session, we ask all faculty to come together with student activists and graduate employees at Old Queens, Tues, Feb 24, 1:30 PM.
After management's response next week, we will circulate more details in the event such an escalation is necessary. We hope this will not be needed, but we are prepared to fight.
Lisa Klein, President