United Academics says UVM administrators have agreed to bargain over workplace changes due to the coronavirus.
The union, which says it has been left out of fall reopening discussions, asked the Vermont Labor Relations Board for an expedited ruling.
Numerous UVM professors say they are concerned about the health risks of the planned fall return, and that they haven’t been included in decision-making processes.
The university is also seeking state aid after having to pay students back millions of dollars after closing because of the coronavirus crisis.
The plan, which must be approved by the board of trustees, would apply to both in-state and out-of-state students. The current rate is $16,392 for Vermont residents and $41,280 for out-of-state students.
They were protesting a reduction in faculty positions and increased class sizes in introductory classes as well as what they viewed as a flawed presidential search process.
They say the university is moving away from funding its educational mission and that larger class sizes will hurt students.
Tenure is not perfect. But it creates an island in the storm, a place where complex and unpopular ideas can be explored, debated and carefully vetted.
The agreement, which was recommended by a neutral fact finder, includes an 8.5 percent increase in salaries over the next three years.
News Release — United Academics May 29, 2018 Contact: Tom Streeter, [email protected] Burlington, VT—Today, the full-time members of United Academics, the faculty union of the University of Vermont, voted overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement reached with the administration for a contract after fifteen months of negotiation. Faculty won an 8.5% salary increases over the three […]
News Release — United Academics May 8, 2018 Contact: Tom Streeter, President, United Academics, 802 598-9348 UVM Faculty Say “It’s Nuts We Still Don’t Have a Contract” Burlington, VT—Full-time faculty at the University of Vermont, frustrated that after fifteen months into bargaining no contract has been settled, will take their message to students and to […]
John Summa argued he had been wrongfully denied reappointment to his position in the Economics Department.
UVM administrators say it’s only a proposal, but the faculty union warns that cutting more teaching positions will degrade the quality of education at Vermont’s flagship university.
Salary is the only remaining point of contention in stalled negotiations between the university administration and the faculty union.