In Lynn, Mass., a high school girl wearing safety goggles shapes and solders copper plumbing pipes. A boy in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., manipulates gear cogs on a computer screen to engineer a competition robot. And in Newark, N.J., a teenager steps into an elementary school classroom—as teacher for the day.
More than 1,300 healthcare workers from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., walked off the job and onto a picket line on Oct. 23. The workers will be on strike for five days. Respiratory therapists, radiology techs and maintenance workers in PeaceHealth’s Tech, Service and Maintenance, and Lab Professional bargaining units are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Local 5017. They are demanding improved patient staffing, living wages and a fair contract.
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What unions do
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
As part of this year's back-to-school tour, AFT President Randi Weingarten spoke to teachers at Washington, D.C.'s Alice Deal Middle School during a breakfast hosted by the Washington Teachers' Union on Sept. 17. She later greeted parents and students as they arrived at the school.
One avenue for addressing the problems facing our academic staffing structure is through legislation. Below is a catalog of state legislation that addresses a variety of issues related to our academic staffing structure, with a particular emphasis on legislation designed to improve the working conditions of contingent faculty, who include non-tenure track, part-time and adjunct faculty.
Current legislation is listed by state, including a brief description of the bill, any major action that has been taken, and the name of the bill’s primary sponsors. Proposed FACE legislation is included with each state (where applicable), but if, however, you would like just a listing of FACE legislation, you can go here.
This list is definitely a "work-in-progress". So if we missed relevant legislation in your state, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Authorizes a comprehensive study on part-time faculty at California Community Colleges which led the California Postsecondary Education Commission to release the Report on Part-Time Faculty Compensation in California Community Colleges. In this report they examine the pay, benefits and employment patterns of part-time faculty at city colleges in comparison with their full-time colleagues and, based on their findings, make recommendations for the improvement of part-time faculty hiring procedures.
Legislation enacted for non-tenure track, temporary faculty employees at community colleges ensuring comparable pay and benefits to temporary faculty doing a comparable amount of work to tenure track faculty.
Allocates funds to provide more full-time faculty positions at community colleges. It requires community colleges to have 75% of their courses taught by full-time instructors, and any program that does not meet that percentage is required to re-allocate money toward creating more full-time positions.
Authorizes a random state-wide audit of community college districts to assess the amount of money being put toward instructor salaries, and to mandate that 50% of the districts’ education funds are put toward instructor salaries.
Authorizes the issue of visiting faculty permits to teachers of English as a Second Language who have three years’ prior teaching experience and possession of a credential.
FACE Legislation: Assembly Bill 7187 (2007) Requires state schools to offer adjunct faculty members a pro rata pay salary equitable with full-time faculty members for doing comparable work, as well makes them eligible for employment, retirement, and insurance benefits comparable to full-time faculty. Also requires academic departments in state schools to increase full-time faculty to that 75% of courses are taught by full-time instructors.
Other legislation proposed but not enacted: Assembly Bill 7271 (2007) Allocates money from the General Fund for Operating Expenses to Regional- Technical Colleges, the Connecticut State University System, and the University of Connecticut for the purpose of increasing the number of full-time faculty at each institution.
Legislation proposed but not enacted: House Bill 189(2005) Grants retirement benefits to part-time faculty who teach courseloads equivalent to that of full-time faculty in a calendar year.
Enacted Legislation: House Bill 4232(2007) Makes part-time faculty eligible for the Optional Retirement Program available to employees of the Michigan public school system.
“Restoring the Ranks of Full-Time Faculty Act.” Ensures that 75% of courseworkis taught by full-time faculty and provides preferential consideration to currentpart-time, adjunct faculty for newly created full-time positions.
Requires part-time faculty salaries to be determined on a pro rata basis and be comparable to full-time faculty salaries.
FACE Legislation: House Bill 591 (2007) Requires academic programs to have 75% of courses taught by full-time faculty, allows existing adjunct and part-time faculty opportunities to fill newly created full-time positions, and institutes a pro rata salary plan for part-time faculty comparable to full-time faculty.
Requires the higher education department to issue a report outlining the various aspects of higher education in the state, including faculty issues such as number of part-time and full-time instructors, and differences in compensation, pay rate, and benefits, as well as recommendations for further improvement.
An amendment to the Labor Law. Stipulates that an offer of employment to part-time faculty based on changing enrollment or program does not constitutereasonable assurance of continued employment. In doing so, this bill insures that part-time faculty are eligible for unemployment benefits.
“The OregonUniversity System Faculty Restoration and Equity Fund and Community College Faculty Restoration and Equity Fund.” Requires 75% of courses taught at the university and community college level to be taught by full-time faculty, establishes a pro rata salary for non-tenured faculty comparable to tenured faculty, and guarantees health care benefits for non-tenured faculty teaching at least 50% of the workload of a full-time faculty. Also waives student feeds for graduate instructors.
“Higher Education Faculty Restoration and Equity Fund” – requires equal pay for part-time faculty on a pro rata basis and the provision of an employee retirement plan for part-time faculty teaching at least 50% of a full-time workload. Also requires academic departments to have at least 75% of coursework taught by full-time faculty.
Other legislation enacted:
HR 376 (2001)
Directs the Joint State Government Commission to authorize a study on part-time faculty employment. Led to the release of the Part-Time Faculty At Institutions of Higher Education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Report in 2003, in which an advisory committee examined trends in part-time faculty hiring at institutions of higher education, as well as patterns in their pay, benefits and employment. The report also makes recommendations for the improvement of part-time faculty hiring procedures.
FACE legislation: Assembly Bill 6367(same as Senate Bill 0554) (2007) Requires 75% of courses at colleges and universities to be taught by full-time or tenure- track faculty, and grants preferential consideration to existing part-time or adjunct faculty for newly created tenure-track positions.
Makes adjunct faculty members under contract for nine or more semester hours in an academic year eligible to participate in their institution’s group benefits program and receive health and employment benefits.
FACE legislation: Senate Bill 198(2007) Establishes pro rata pay for adjunct and part time faculty comparable to full time faculty, as well as makes part-time faculty eligible to participate in retirement plans and health care benefits. Also recommends that colleges and universities set goals for increasing the number of full-time instructors on their faculty.
Requires 75% of faculty positions in colleges and universities to be filled by full-time, tenured faculty. Also increases salaries for full-time faculty to adjust for rises in the cost of living, establishes pro rata pay comparable to full-time for part-time faculty doing comparable amounts of work, and grants preferential consideration to existing part-time faculty for newly created full-time positions.
Substitute bill for Senate Bill 5514 (which is the companion of House Bill1875). Pertains specifically to two-year and community colleges. Aims to increase full-time positions at community colleges by 10%, increase salaries of full-time faculty to adjust for increases in the cost of living, and establishes a pro rata salary rate for part-timefaculty doing a comparable amount of work to full-time faculty.
Establishes one salary schedule for all community college faculties and requires that part-time faculty be placed on the appropriate step in the salary schedule based on their experience and qualifications. Also mandates that part-time faculty be paid on a pro-rata basis.
Creates a new senior faculty position for non-tenure track faculty at community colleges, confers associate faculty status on non-tenure track faculty who have taught for more than nine quarters, and allows associate faculty to have first refusal and “bumping” rights in course selection, and annual contracts.
FACE legislation: Assembly Bill 2965(same as Senate Bill 432) (2007) Sets up a “Faculty Restoration and Equity Fund” to meet the goal of increasing the number of full-time faculty positions to 75% for colleges and universities, as well as to establish a pro rata salary rate for part-time and adjunct faculty doing comparable workloads as full-time faculty and eligibility for retirement and healthcare benefits.