We are still bargaining! The work on the contract is progressing, but admittedly, more slowly than we would all like. We are optimistic (cautiously so) that we will finish by the end of this semester.  At this point, we have only reached a tentative agreement on ARTICLE I: Definitions. However, we have discussed all of the articles under consideration, and we feel that we are close to coming to an agreement on most of them.

Currently, we are focusing our efforts on the salary package. We initially proposed standard salary increments of 3.5% for 2019-2020; 2.25% for 2020-2021, and 2.0% for 2021-2022.We included in our first proposal a 10% increase in the salary floors and an increase in the promotion increment of $1,000 to the Professor/Senior Lecturer and a $1,500 increase to the promotion increment for Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer. In an effort to remedy pay disparity, we also proposed an adjustment to base salary of $3,000 to all continuing FTNTT Faculty who were promoted to the rank of Professor/Senior Lecturer before the AY 2019-2020 and a $1,500 adjustment to base salary for those who were promoted to the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer before the AY 2019-2020.

The University countered with a proposal that would cover a contract extension year in 2019-2020, and then a contract covering three years (2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023). The University offered standard salary increments of 2.5%, 2.0%, 2.0%, and 1.5%. The University proposed a longevity increment split over the three years of the contract and added to our base salary. In 2020-2021 those FTNTT Faculty who were employed before fiscal year 2001 would receive $500 if they had been promoted to the rank of Professor/Senior Lecturer or $300 if they had been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer. In 2021-2022, those promoted before fiscal year 2016 would receive $750 at the rank of Professor/Senior Lecturer or $400 at the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer. In 2022-2023, those promoted before fiscal year 2020 will receive $1,000 if they are at the rank of Professor/Senior Lecturer and $500 for those at the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer.  The University did not propose any increase to salary floors or promotion increments.

We countered the University’s proposal with a standard increment to salary of 2.5% for each of the four years. We also proposed that the longevity increment be divided between 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. In 2020-2021 we proposed that those promoted before fiscal year 2020 receive $1,250 at the Professor/Senior Lecturer rank and $600 at the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer. In 2021-2022 we proposed the same thing. We also proposed a $500 increase to the promotion increment for Professor/Senior Lecturer and a $1,000 increase for the promotion increment for Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer.

The University responded with the following standard increments to salary: 2.5%, 2.0%, 2.0%, and 2.0%. The University’s proposal for longevity increments to base increased slightly. In 2020-2021 those FTNTT Faculty who were employed before fiscal year 2001 would receive $550 if they had been promoted to the rank of Professor/Senior Lecturer or $350 if they had been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer. In 2021-2022, those promoted before fiscal year 2016 would receive $800 at the rank of Professor/Senior Lecturer or $450 at the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer. In 2022-2023, those promoted before fiscal year 2020 will receive $1,000 if they are at the rank of Professor/Senior Lecturer and $500 for those at the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer.  The University did not propose any increase to salary floors or promotion increments.

We recently countered the University’s proposal with a $2,500 increase of our salary floor for the Assistant Professor/Lecturer rank bringing that salary minima to $45,000. We also proposed that the longevity increments be adjusted. In 2020-2021, those hired before fiscal year 2001, Professor/Senior Lecturers would receive $2,350 to their base salary, and those at the Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer rank would receive $1,300. In 2021-2022 those faculty hired between fiscal year 2001 and prior to 2016 would receive $1,800 at the Professor/Senior Lecturer level and $950 at the Associate Professor/Associate Lecturer level. In 2022-2023, those faculty hired between 2016 and prior to 2020 would receive $1,000 at the Professor/Senior Lecturer level and $500 at the Associate level. We are expecting another counter-proposal from the University in the near future.

We have also asked for a continuation of the Professional Development Excellence Pool, with the exception of one year when we would like to see each FTNTT faculty member receive $500 for professional development. We have proposed that the Administrative Review begin during the 15th year, rather than the 18th year. We have also proposed a significant change in the appeal process in the case of a non-reappointment after a review. We have again brought to the University’s attention our inconsistent representation on unit level committees and our serious concerns about issues affecting the actual teaching loads of our instructional faculty. Our discussions of all these issues at the bargaining table have been encouraging, and the University’s team has been open to our concerns and responsive.

Thank you for your patience during these negotiations.  Hopefully, we will finish the contract soon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best,
Kim Winebrenner
Chief Negotiator