Hello TT Faculty members,

I’d like to provide you with a brief update on the status of the negotiations for a successor to our 2015 contract.  AAUP-KSU provided its initial proposals for Article XII (Salary) and Article XIII (Medical Benefits) on August 24th.

Salary Proposal:
We have proposed the following standard increments (across the board raises) for continuing Faculty:
    AY 18/19    4%
    AY 19/20    3%
    AY 20/21    3.5%
We have proposed a 2.5% pool for Merit Awards that would be available in AY 19/20.  Additionally, we have proposed increasing the floor salaries for each rank and the promotion increments.

This proposal ensures that Faculty take home pay stays ahead of inflation (which is currently running at 2.9%) and will make Kent State Faculty salaries more competitive with other public universities in Ohio.  For a comparison of Kent State Faculty salaries with other OH and regional Universities, click here.

Importantly, the administration can nearly cover the entire cost of our AY 18/19 proposal in the current Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget for TT Faculty Salaries.  The small overage in the AY 18/19 proposal and the costs of the proposals for AY 19/20 and 20/21 can easily be covered if the administration realigns the University’s budget priorities to better match its academic mission by:

  • increasing the budget for TT Faculty salaries going forward at the same rate as Administrative & Professional Staff salary expenditures have increased between FY 2010-2017 and
  • reducing the rate of increase in budgets for Administrative & Professional Staff salaries going forward so that it matches the rate of increases on TT Faculty salary expenditures between FY 2010-2017.

To see the current unsustainable increases in Administrative & Professional Staff salary expenditures, click here.

Medical Benefits Proposal:
AAUP-KSU does not believe that the current trend in benefits costs at Kent State University warrants the significant changes in either the structure of our medical benefit plans or Faculty contribution toward the premiums for those plans proposed by the administration.  To see the trend in medical benefits costs at Kent State University, click here.

For that reason, AAUP-KSU has proposed keeping the current 90/70 and 80/60 PPO plans while expanding the coverage to include all preventive services and contraceptive options covered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Although we have proposed a restructuring of the salary tiers, we are proposing maintaining the current percentage contribution toward the premium for the median salaried TT Faculty member (21.5% of the premium for the 90/70 PPO plan and 19.5% of the premium for the 80/60 PPO plan).

Conclusion:
We hope that the administration will seriously consider our proposals and the evidence that supports them.  AAUP-KSU understands the importance of achieving a salary and benefits package that is worthy of our excellent Faculty and that allows the University to attract and retain talented new Faculty.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as bargaining unfolds.  Specific language proposed by either party can be found on the AAUP-KSU website (https://www.aaupksu.org/tenure-track-unit/negotiations-2018).  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the AAUP-KSU office.

Best,
Deb

Deborah C. Smith
Chief Negotiator, AAUP-KSU Tenured & Tenure Track Unit

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