Ithaca College strike cancelled, faculty union and IC reach deal

ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Ithaca College’s non-tenured faculty union cancelled plans to go on strike on Monday, saying it had “won everything.”

According to a statement from the union, the administration has tentatively agreed to a pay increase for part-time faculty members and more stable positions for full-time members.

The college said that they met with union leaders on Sunday.

Union leaders said they will soon announce a two-day vote to ratify the contract.

“We are confident that this new contract is fair, that it addresses the concerns of our valued faculty members, and that it enables the college to maintain excellence in a fiscally responsive manner,” administrators said in a statement on their website.

The union cited the following components of the agreement as "highlights:"

- An established path towards pay parity for PT faculty.  PT faculty will receive immediate raises, as well as annual raises totaling $1,025/3 credit course over the life of our contract.  We believe that because of our hard work the administration is committed to the concept of pay parity going forward

-More stability for FT contingent faculty.  FT contingent faculty will be eligible for two year appointments after 3 years of teaching at IC and three year appointments after 5 years of teaching at IC

-More stability for PT contingent faculty.  PT contingent faculty will be eligible for two year appointments after 3 years of teaching at IC.  In addition, if classes are cut last minute, PT contingent faculty will receive a $1,300 kill fee per class canceled

-Earlier notice of appointment for FT and PT contingent faculty to plan our lives

- Guaranteed interview and consideration for minimally qualified FT and PT contingent faculty applying for any full-time faculty position

-Access to professional development funding

-The right to be one faculty union

-A grievance procedure as well as just cause provision so no one will be fired without just cause

-A labor management committee which will meet regularly to discuss contingent faculty concerns

-Contingent faculty will be eligible for the same teaching excellence awards as tenured and tenure track faculty

-Earlier fall semester pay day for part-time faculty

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