Faculty Union in California Negotiates Less than One percent raise for Part-Time Faculty Members

LEADERS OF THE United Faculty of Ohlone College, an independent labor union in Fremont, California, recently negotiated a new contract which calls for the college’s more than 250 part-time faculty members to receive a pay raise of 0.97 percent. The adjuncts are represented by the UFO together with the college’s 137 full-time faculty members. The union negotiated a raise of 1.97 percent for its full-time members.

Though in terms of percentages both gains appear equally modest, a closer look reveals a clearer picture. According to the union’s full-time faculty salary schedule, available on-line at, a newly hired full-time faculty member with a Master’s degree would expect to earn a salary of $49,457. A newly hired part-time faculty member with a Master’s degree would expect to earn $47.17 per hour, or between $1,650 and $1,886.80 per course.Using these figures as a base for calculations, the union’s bargaining team negotiated an average yearly $16.50 raise for local’s part-time members, and an average yearly $975 raise for the full-time faculty members.

In addition to the raise, the full-time faculty also benefit from the college’s part-time faculty equity pay allotment. According to Carol Lawton, the lone part-time faculty representative on the union’s

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