Showing posts with label The New School. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The New School. Show all posts

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Part-time New School faculty reach tentative contract agreement with the university

Photo from Nov. 28 by Daniel Efram 

After 25 days on strike, nearly 2,600 part-time faculty members at the New School and the Parsons School of Design have reached a tentative contract agreement. 

Here's more via the New School website from last evening: 
A Joint Statement from ACT-UAW Local 7902 and the New School 

We are extremely pleased to announce that ACT-UAW Local 7902 and the New School have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement. This is a strong, fair, five-year contract that increases compensation significantly, protects health care benefits, and ensures that part-time faculty are paid for additional work done outside the classroom to support our students. 

The union leadership will unanimously recommend this agreement to its members, and it will now go to part-time faculty union members for a ratification vote over the next few days. In the meantime, the union has ended the strike and all university classes and events will resume as scheduled effective immediately. 
And from an Instagram post via New York Indivisible
While the part-time faculty are saddened that the university’s intransigence at the bargaining table forced them to leave their classrooms and take to the picket line, they emerge from their work strong, organized, and eager to face the struggles ahead. This tentative agreement is only the beginning, and the part-time faculty will continue to take power back from The New School’s top executives and place it back where it belongs: with the faculty and students, without whom the university could not function. 
As EVG contributor Daniel Efram previously reported, 95% of the faculty voted against accepting the last and best New School offer on Nov. 30.

From our last report
"Part-time faculty have not gotten a raise since 2018," said Rachel Aydt, a 20-year part-time New School/Parson faculty member. "And the increase being offered amounts to 1.8% per year, which does not come close to the cost of living increases in New York City during this time." 

According to Annie Lee Larson, part-time faculty at the New School/Parsons, roughly 87% of the teaching faculty are part-time. They seek fair compensation, including for work performed outside the classroom, reliable health care, tangible recourse against discrimination and harassment, and job security.
The tentative agreement ends seven months of negotiations. The part-time faculty were to return to teaching as soon as today.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Part-time faculty at the New School reject university's latest contract offer

Since Nov. 16, some 2,600 part-time faculty members at the New School and the Parsons School of Design have been on strike. According to these instructors, they have not received a raise in four years — representing an effective pay cut of 18% when adjusted for inflation, as Gothamist notedEVG contributor Daniel Efram reports on the latest developments this past week. All photos by Daniel Efram.

At a cost of more than $350 million, the New School's University Center, located at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street, was designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, making it one of the greenest academic buildings in the country. 

Nothing was left to chance with the design; even the stairways inside were designed to foster community inside and outside the building encouraging "chance meetings." 

Details matter. At this unique time in the school's history, it's fascinating to note that the University Center's facade is emblazoned with a course title like "Artists As Activists." Little did the school administration understand that its own public-facing ideology could be used against them as accusations of hypocrisy and lack of equity were shouted forth by dozens of faculty and students that marched side by side with the ACT-UAW Local 7902, the part-time faculty union, on opposite sides of Fifth Avenue on Monday. 

The rallying team — sometimes arm-in-arm, and most of the time with a brass band performing — held signs that illustrated their frustration with the negotiations, including "Rogue Capitalist Employer," "No More Unpaid Labor, Pay The Profs," and "Fuck Institutional Greed Respect Educators."
"Part-time faculty have not gotten a raise since 2018," said Rachel Aydt, a 20-year part-time New School/Parson faculty member. "And the increase being offered amounts to 1.8% per year, which does not come close to the cost of living increases in New York City during this time."

According to Annie Lee Larson, part-time faculty at the New School/Parsons, roughly 87% of the teaching faculty are part-time. They seek fair compensation, including for work performed outside the classroom, reliable health care, tangible recourse against discrimination and harassment, and job security. 

Though negotiations began in June, an agreement has yet to be reached. This past week, 95% of the faculty voted against accepting the last and best New School offer.

"The University is attempting to unilaterally implement their final offer against the will of part-time faculty without having reached an agreement via mutual consent via the collective bargaining process," Lee Larson said. 

She said that the New School does a great job of promoting an environment of social justice and promoting its brand of progressivism. 

"They put forth this image to students when they are deciding to come to school here that everyone in this community is cared for and is treated with equity, and they are finding out in attending school here firsthand that is not the case," Lee Larson said. "This strike is bringing a lot of attention to that. The students should be made aware of these atrocious working conditions."
The New School/Parsons directed us to their website for their latest proposal. You can find a letter about the labor negotiations from Dr. Renée T. White, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, at this link.