Pledge to Support Rider AAUP on Picket Line Fall 2017
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We the undersigned, students of Rider, Westminster Choir College (NJ, USA) and other colleges and public schools, alumni, family, community members, members of labor unions in the area and others are opposed to the lack of respect by Rider Administration toward Rider AAUP regarding negotiations for the next 3-year term of the Rider AAUP contract.
We pledge to participate in rotation on the picket lines with Rider AAUP and to take every other feasible measure of support should the administration follow through on its apparent current strategy to force a strike or if the administration causes a "lock out".
During the current term Rider has attempted to cut programs and positions and leveraged the cuts to force faculty to voluntarily concede its salary increment - to self-impose a wage freeze to save the important academic programs and positions of its members.
The administration has already begun to suggest that it will again be cutting positions and programs in fall of 2017.
Rider has created additional turmoil by announcing the possible closing of the Princeton Campus of Westminster Choir College and later - even worse - the closing of Westminster all together in Spring of 2018 if another institution can not be found to "purchase" the world renowned Choir College.
Rider has stated that it will cut off negotiations if there is no agreement by August 31, 2017.
Now Rider Administration has proposed:
New category of full time non tenure track faculty with workload of 30 contact hours and salary of $55,000
The President will make the recommendation for Promotion and Tenure to the Board
Faculty to go through professional reassessment at least every six years.
Eliminate academic policy committees and replace with a faculty senate that can only make recommendations
Drastically reduce period of notice in non-reappointment and layoff
Eliminate any job security for adjunct faculty
Chairperson will have complete discretion in distributing courses to adjuncts.
Workload will be 24 contact hours a year for tenured and tenure track faculty (a 4/4 workload)
Deans may add as many students as he/she chooses to courses with no limit and no additional compensation. Work year for librarians to be 12 months with 22 vacation days.
No development funds in the first two years of the Agreement and drastic reductions after that. Untenured full time regular faculty will be given preference for summer fellowships.
Wage Freeze in first two years of Agreement.
New rank minimums
Term Faculty I & Instructor - $55,000
Term Faculty II & Asst. Prof I - $65,600
Asst. Prof II - $70,600
Assoc. Prof - $77,700
Prof - $99,000
Head coach/head trainer
Athletic 1 - $60,000
Athletic 2 - $68,000
Athletic 3 - $80,000
For Assistant Coaches/Trainers:
Athletic 1 - $52,000
Athletic 2 - $60,000
Athletic 3 - $72,000
Administration can change benefits as they choose without negotiation.
Elimination of University contribution to BeneSave.
Reduce pension contribution to 5%.
Eliminate external tuition remission.
Eliminate all adjunct benefits.
Total annual give back $10 million.
We are determined to act in solidarity and coordination with Rider AAUP - if need be - if there is a forced strike - to organize a supportive student strike of any attempt to provide replacement classes, to coordinate student forums with AAUP leadership, to organize other students to join the efforts to support beloved faculty and staff and take all steps to save Rider Universtity and Westminster Choir College from the misleadership of the current administration.
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