Adjunct Professors at Dominican University in the San Francisco Bay area have ratified their first contract with SEIU Local 1021 on April 27, 2016. The three-year contract provides professors with major gains in job security, compensation and benefits.
“For too long, adjuncts at Dominican and throughout the U.S. have had little choice but to accept their second-class status. Our contract and more broadly, this movement, affirms and rewards the work of these dedicated teachers,” said Robin McCloskey, a bargaining team member and adjunct associate professor of art at Dominican.
About 300 adjunct faculty members will get an average raise of 30 percent under the contract as well as evaluations to support their development.
“As a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for five decades, my present ministry of teaching requires extending social justice concretely right here at Dominican now. The working conditions and compensation for our adjuncts cried out for a vast improvement in social justice, one benefiting not only our adjuncts but also our students and the whole university. I celebrate the ratification of our union contract and its furthering of social justice,” said Sister Aaron Winkelman, a bargaining team member and adjunct professor of English.
Adjuncts also gain strong job security protections as a part of their contract. Historically, Dominican University adjuncts have had no guarantee of work from semester to semester. This agreement guarantees one- to three-year teaching contracts with a predicted course load based on average courses taught and a transparent, seniority-based system for assigning courses.
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