Tufts Part-Time Contract Distribution Dates

Hard copies of our part-time union contract are now available! Please come pick up your copy this week at one of the following times:

Monday, February 2
11:00am – 2:00pm
Campus Center 209
Tuesday, February 3
10:00am – 1:00pm
Campus Center 218
Wednesday, February 4
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Dowling 701A
Thursday, February 5
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Campus Center 209
Friday, February 6
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Dowling 701A

If you are unable to stop by this week, please contact Union Representative Carley Russell to have a copy mailed to you — or download a digital copy here.

Tufts Part-Time Faculty Sign Landmark First Contract

Members of the Bargaining Team hold the inaugural print edition of the new Tufts Union Contract.

Members of the Bargaining Team hold the inaugural print edition of the new Tufts Union Contract.

In a landmark agreement that caps off a two-year organizing and bargaining effort, part-time faculty at Tufts University signed a three-year contract with University administrators January 15. The new contract — the first of its kind in Massachusetts — makes significant gains around compensation, working conditions and faculty’s role in decision-making.

Click here to find more contract highlights, along with a downloadable PDF of the full agreement.

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Inside Higher ED: Tufts adjuncts tout pay and job security gains in first union contract

By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed | October 28, 2014

Service Employees International Union launched its Adjunct Action campaign less than two years ago, with an ambitious goal: take SEIU’s metro-wide adjunct organizing effort in Washington, D.C. — which took years to establish — national, and fast. Drives were soon happening from Boston to San Francisco, leading to a dozen new unions.

Now Adjunct Action is touting its first successful contract negotiation, and adjuncts at Tufts University outside Boston are saying it could serve a model for the many contract negotiations happening elsewhere.

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Boston Globe: Tufts part-time professors to get better pay, job security

By Matt Rocheleau, Boston Globe | October 27, 2014

Most part-time professors at Tufts University will get a 22 percent pay raise over the next three years and improved job security under a new contract that could influence negotiations at other schools where adjunct faculty have recently organized or are considering doing so.

The Tufts deal, a three-year agreement ratified Friday, will also keep an existing arrangement that makes professors who teach at least three courses over the course of an academic year eligible for health, retirement, tuition reimbursement, and other employee benefits, according to union officials.

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The Tufts Daily: Students & Faculty Unite

By Nina Goldman, Tufts Daily | October 15, 2014

After eight months of negotiations, representatives of Tufts and its part-time faculty reached a tentative contract agreement this Friday. The terms of the three-year contract will not be made public until all part-time lecturers vote to ratify the contract later this month, according to Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler.

The part-time lecturers, represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), unionized last September and entered negotiations with the university in February. The university had already agreed to many of their requests prior to Friday’s bargaining session, according to bargaining committee member Andrew Klatt, who has taught for 18 years in the Department of Romance Languages.

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