Contract Includes 17% Increase in Adjunct Wages, Faster Eligibility for Higher Pay Rates and Increased Professional Development Funding
Burlington, VT — After five months of negotiations with the Champlain College administration, the Champlain College Adjunct Faculty Union/Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 200United, voted overwhelmingly to ratify their second contract after two days of voting. The five-year agreement covers roughly 200 adjunct faculty at the college and was ratified in favor of the new contract. The contract will now go to Champlain College’s Board of Trustees for approval.
Under the new agreement, wages will rise 17% and adjuncts will qualify for promotional opportunities and Senior Adjunct Faculty status sooner. Adjunct faculty will also have access to a larger professional development fund where individual adjuncts will now be eligible to receive up to $1,000. Prior to unionizing in 2014, adjunct faculty at Champlain were paid half the rate of full-time faculty for teaching the same class, had no access to professional development funding, and did not have the opportunity to request year-long contracts.”
April Howard, a member of the union negotiating committee and adjunct faculty member in the Division of Communication and Creative Media, said, “We are very pleased to have ratified our second contract with the administration. This new agreement extends the significant benefits and important protections Champlain Adjunct Faculty won in our first contract and makes important strides toward making Champlain College an equitable and inclusive employer of adjunct instructors.” The successful contract ratification comes after more than five months of bargaining and six bargaining sessions with Champlain’s administration.
Adjunct faculty at Champlain College voted overwhelmingly to join SEIU Local 200United in December 2014 after organizing their union jointly with adjuncts at Saint Michael’s College and Burlington College. St. Michael’s adjunct faculty are currently also bargaining their second contract and are seeking similar improvements in teaching conditions.
Since 2014, a growing movement of over 3,000 adjunct and contingent faculty have joined SEIU Local 200United at 12 colleges and universities across Vermont and New York in order to win a voice in higher education and address issues of low pay and contingency.