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Part-Timers at This School Now Get a $1,000 Kill Fee for Cancelled Classes

A contract between Champlain College and its unionized part-time professors was ratified and released Monday.

Champlain adjuncts have been unionized with the Service Employees International Union since last year. The union and the college have been hashing out a contract for months, and after a 10-hour negotiation session that went late into the night Aug. 24 they struck an agreement.

Adjuncts will see a pay raise across the board. Before the contract, adjuncts were being paid $3,499 per class if they had taught less than 10 semesters for Champlain, and $3,668 per class if they have taught more than 10.

Now, there are three tiers of adjunct professors on the new pay scale, organized by how many credit hours the professor has taught, not semesters. An average class at Champlain is three credit hours. This year, professors will be paid on the following scale:

  • Professors who have taught less than 60 credit hours — about 20 classes — will be paid $3,825 per class.
  • Professors who have taught from 61 to 120 credit hours — from 20 to 40 average classes — will be paid $4,100 per class.
  • Professors who have taught more than 120 credit hours — more than
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