After 18 months of bargaining and two days of voting, part-time lecturers and full-time contingent faculty at Ithaca College voted to authorize a call for any action up to a strike.
The college’s non-tenured faculty formed a union to address what they described as unstable contracts and unequal pay.
The group says those issues lead to poor learning outcomes for students, and a de-valued higher education.
Last October, over 300 students, faculty, and community members rallied outside an IC Board of Trustees fundraising gala and the bargaining committee released a photo essay over social media that explained the day-to-day life of part-time lecturers at Ithaca College.
Students, faculty, and other community members also launched a petition drive, sending letters to Senior Vice President Nancy Pringle and members of the Board of Trustees, calling on them to reach a fair first contract. Since the start of the drive, over 450 of letters have been sent.
Over the past two weeks, faculty from several departments across Ithaca College released letters of support, promising to not hire replacements and committing to not fill their classes if the IC Contingent Faculty Union/SEIU Local 200United does go out on strike, according to a release from the union.
Teachers are not going on strike as of yet. They have voted to authorize a strike.