Non-tenure track faculty, university reach agreement

Amanda Garrett

Kent State University and the full-time non-tenure-track faculty unit of the American Association of University Professors, Kent State Chapter announced Thursday they had tentatively agreed to a collective bargaining agreement.

Negotiations for the tentative agreement, which will cover Aug. 16, 2005 through Aug. 16, 2008, began June 13.

The agreement will give non-tenure-track faculty a 3 percent annual raise during the three years of the contract, said Tracy Laux, AAUP Non-Tenure-Track Faculty President. The agreement also gives a 1 percent raise, which had previously been based on performance, to all non-tenure-track faculty.

The agreement also increases the minimum salary floors for non-tenure-track faculty, Laux said. The minimum salary for a nine-month contract will be $33,000 for instructors, $35,500 for lecturers and assistant professors, $38,000 for associate professors and $40,500 for professors.

The agreement includes a health-care plan “almost identical” to the plan that tenure-track faculty members negotiated with the university, Laux said. The non-tenure-track health plan does not include the controversial health care cost “pass through” that was a sticking point in the tenure-track faculty negotiations.

Another part of the agreement is a representation fee, Laux said. The fee would require all members of the bargaining unit to pay dues for the benefits they receive from the AAUP’s collective bargaining unit, Laux said.

A vote on the representative fee will be conducted Nov. 1 and must pass with a majority of the total eligible members of the bargaining unit. If the representation fee is passed, it will go into effect August 2006.

Ballots have been mailed to all non-tenure-track members and are due Aug. 18. Laux said he expects the contract to be approved.

The tentative agreement is currently available at the AAUP’s Web site,

When they announced the tentative agreement, Sandra Eaglen, chief negotiator for the faculty unit, and Gayle Ormiston, chief negotiator for the university, said negotiations were conducted and completed in a mutually respectful and collaborative manner.

“It was a positive and fruitful experience,” Ormiston said.

Contact on-campus reporter Amanda Garrett at [email protected].