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Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

by Alyvia Covert

The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.”

In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt to fight for equal wages and improved job security. More than 18 months later, the same union is still fighting, asking the administration to “commit to the fair and non-discriminatory principles of equal pay for equal work going forward,” as stated in their proposal.

According to a report published by the Human Resources office at IC, approximately 41 percent of the faculty at the college is made up of contingent members. Part-time professors are paid $1,400 per credit hour. (Photo: Alyvia Covert)

According to a report published by the Human Resources office at IC, approximately 41 percent of the faculty at the college is made up of contingent members. Part-time professors are paid $1,400 per credit hour. (Photo: Alyvia Covert)

The rally on Thursday was initiated after a bargaining session held on Dec. 2, where members of the union thought the situation might be regressing. Union members stated that they are prepared to hold a strike early on in the upcoming spring semester if their demands are not met. The next bargaining session will be held on Dec. 12.

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