Contingent Faculty Unions

Bargaining Unit Contracts

On April 7, 2017, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced that the part-time and full-time contingent faculty members represented by the union had voted to ratify the tentative contract agreement that had been reached by the college and union bargaining teams on March 26.

From the beginning of negotiations, the college’s goal was to achieve a contract that best serves the interests of our faculty and students, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The college is pleased that this agreement accomplishes that goal.

The tentative contract agreement that was reached with the full-time faculty can be found here, and the tentative agreement reached with the part-time faculty can be found here.

These two documents will ultimately be merged into one, since the agreement calls for a single bargaining unit and contract for both faculty groups, and many of the provisions are identical. The current ordering of the provisions reflects when the provisions were tentatively agreed to during the negotiations, and may change once the contracts are merged.

Ithaca College values all of its faculty and recognizes the very important role they play in shaping our students’ experience both in and out of the classroom.

The college employs a range of distinguished faculty to teach and inspire our students. In addition to tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure eligible faculty on multi-year contracts, the college appoints full-time and part-time faculty to help meet instructional need.

Known as contingent faculty, those in the latter two categories are appointed, among other reasons, to bring their professional expertise into the classroom, to offer instruction in specialized areas that are not popular enough to employ a full-time faculty member, to supplement full-time faculty when there are unanticipated increases in enrollment, to teach multiple sections of courses that cannot be absorbed by full-time faculty, and to cover courses during full-time faculty sabbaticals, medical leaves, and maternity leaves. Individuals teaching part time may hold full-time positions elsewhere or teach exclusively at Ithaca College on a part-time basis.

The college began conducting contract negotiations with the bargaining unit for part-time faculty in November 2015 and the bargaining unit for full-time faculty in June 2016.

Updates on the status of those negotiations provided by the college’s bargaining team to the campus community up to the signing of the tentative contract agreement can be found here.