Ballots Have Been Mailed Out to Members of Chapter 30 for Vote
The bargaining team of Chapter 30, the Plymouth State University Teaching Lecturers, recently reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the college. This week, ballots were sent out to chapter members.
The tentative agreement comes seven months after their previous agreement with PSU ended in June. The agreement includes pay rate increases of $50 per credit for the current semester, to $1,250. That number gradually increases to $1,350 per credit by the spring 2019 semester.
Chapter President Philip Inwood said news of the tentative agreement’s wage increases has been met warmly.
“I think people will be happy to get an extra $50 a credit, which seems small but for adjuncts who live off slender means, it’s actually a lot,” Inwood said. “Wages were our focus, and we did improve things, but it’s still off as wage equity is concerned. It’s a step-by-step process.”
Inwood said he’s hoping the tentative agreement will also be a step in the process of growing membership in Chapter 30, and getting those members active in the union. As part of that campaign, the chapter will again be holding an Adjunct Awareness event on March 8.
Beyond the campus, Inwood said he’d like to see his chapter get more involved in state politics through the union and SEAPAC, the union’s voluntary fund that helps expand our voices at the State House.
“What we need to do is start working with the legislature, start talking with representatives about the money that’s apportioned for the university system,” Inwood said. “I think this is important to do before we start to look ahead to our next contract negotiations.”
Ballots for this current tentative agreement were mailed on Tuesday, and must be returned by mail with a postmark no later than next Thursday, Feb. 23.
If you’re not yet a member of the union and you’d like to join, you can do so by filling out a membership form.