Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract
by Grace Elletson
The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal.
The contract, signed March 26, guarantees that part-time faculty will see a 24 percent raise over four years, bumping up the current three-credit course rate from $4,200 to $5,225. Additionally, part-time faculty have been awarded longer–term contracts: Those who have been working at the college for over three years will be eligible for a two-year contract instead of only semester-long contracts. Full-time faculty have also received longer–term contracts: After three years of working at the college, they will be eligible for a two-year–long contract, and after five years, they will be eligible for a three-year–long contract. And while many faculty members have recognized that this agreement will improve their lives at the college in some way, other faculty have concerns about the increased pay raise for part-time faculty and where the money will come from to fund it.
Harriet Malinowitz, lecturer in the Department of Writing, is one of the part
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