Strike FAQs | BCF-UAW Local 2110 Negotiations

Once a strike is authorized, when can the union go on strike? How long will the strike last?

If a strike is authorized, the unit leadership can call a strike at any point during contract negotiations. A strike can last a single day or continue for an indefinite period of time, and the unit leadership will also decide the length of the strike.  The unit set the strike deadline of February 21.

What is the College doing to avert a strike?

The College has worked hard to bargain in good faith with the goal of ensuring our part-time and term faculty a fair and equitable contract that honors their most important concerns.  The following provides detail of the College's recent proposal, which is positioned to be competitive.  The College's minimum rates are significantly higher than minimum rates offered to adjunct faculty in many similar colleges and universities in New York City and in other high-cost areas in the United States.

Wages 

The College's latest proposal increases minimums three times over four years and provides a 2 percent increase each year, beginning in fall 2017, for individuals making above the minimum. Under the College’s proposal, all adjunct faculty will be guaranteed improved economic terms throughout the life of the contract, and no unit member—even those earning well above the minimum per-course rate—will be negatively impacted. 

The wage offer as of 2/10/17 is as follows:

Semester

1-2 Points

3+ Points

Increase

Term Faculty

Fall 2017

$2, 250 per point

$6,150 per course

2%

$60,000 min; Recommended full-time faculty salary pool increase.

Fall 2018

$2,350 per point

$6,250 per course

2%

Recommended full-time faculty salary pool increase.

Fall 2019

$2,400 per point

$6,350 per course

2%

Recommended full-time faculty salary pool increase.

Fall 2020

$2,500 per point

$6,500 per course

2.5%

Recommended full-time faculty salary pool increase.

 

Health Insurance- as of 2/10/17

In addition to setting fair and equitable minimum wage rates, the College has responded positively and demonstrably to the unit’s request that all unit faculty, including those working part time, have the ability to participate in the College’s health insurance plan. For adjunct faculty teaching a half-time equivalent load or more (nine points or more in a given academic year), the College will contribute 50 percent of the contribution that it makes to full-time faculty. Adjunct faculty teaching less than 9 points in any given year would have the option to buy in to the College’s Plan A at their own personal cost.

 

Appointments and Assignments- as of 2/10/17

In order to address the unit’s legitimate concern regarding job security, the College has offered two measures that would increase individuals’ employment security in other ways that do not compromise our mission.

First, we have offered to move to year-long appointments for all part-time faculty, an improvement over our current semester-by-semester appointment process. Thus, part-time faculty would receive more advance notice, more predictable schedules, and the ability to plan their full academic year.

Second, in deference to the notion that seniority should increase employment security, the College has proposed to offer adjunct faculty who have served the College over time the guarantee of either longer-term appointments or separation pay in the event that they are not reassigned teaching.
 

Semesters Taught In Consecutive Academic Years

Appointment Length

Separation Pay If Not Appointed

Fewer than 14

1 year

None

14-27

2 years

Teaching wages from most recent academic year taught

28-41

3 years

Teaching wages from two most recent academic years taught

42+

4 years

Teaching wages from three most recent academic years taught

Will the College remain open during a strike?

Barnard will make every effort to ensure that the College operates on a normal schedule and will communicate any necessary schedule changes to students, faculty and staff.  Even if some classes need to be cancelled, all efforts will be made to continue the semester and to allow students to complete their coursework.

Will classes be held during a strike?  Where?   

Yes, classes will be held during a strike.  The College intends to staff courses appropriately to ensure class schedules are not interrupted.  Classes will continue to be held on campus, but the College may identify additional locations off-campus for some classes, if needed.

Will other campus services be impacted by a strike?

Other campus services such as dining, security, and administrative functions should not be impacted by a strike.  If other staff engage in a sympathy strike (solidarity strike), the College would implement a plan for replacement workers during the length of the strike.

Will assignments be collected and grades be given?

The College will make every effort to ensure that all students receive the credits earned for courses taken in the affected semester, and that all outstanding assignments and exams are graded.

Can students participate in a strike?

Classes will be held as scheduled during a strike period, and class participation and attendance policies still apply as dictated by individual faculty members.

Are other Barnard employees allowed to cross the picket line during a strike?

Yes. All non-bargaining unit staff are expected to come to work as scheduled and adhere to attendance policies. The College will communicate with staff regarding how to cross the picket line. Striking employees are prohibited from blocking campus entrances.