What a wonderful and apt announcement for my first Newsletter as your UAFP President, and a fitting closure to outgoing President Barbara Lerner’s tireless tenure at the helm of our union. After a year and three months of negotiations, after 19 sessions including 2 with a federal mediator, Pace Administration and the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace have finally come to an agreement on the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to be in effect retroactive to 2015 and remaining in force through June 30, 2018. The ratification process still needs to be undertaken, but you can rest assured that the UAFP will be vigilant in ensuring a strong contract to protect the rights of contingent faculty in the coming academic year. Please stay tuned for follow up emails with details of the terms of the contract, and the process that will be in place to have it ratified by our union members.
The new Executive Board consisting of me, Bill Quinlan as President, Dan Rosen as Vice President, Elliot Hearst as Secretary, and Nathifa Lewis as Treasurer, would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who voted in the recent election. We would also like to invite all who did not vote and who are not yet members to consider full union membership, and to participate more in the activities of the union. Click HERE for a Member Enrollment Form.
A large number of changes abound at Pace, and we can better represent and inform you when more of us stand together. Let us engage in some collaborative learning. Let us empower each other. Ask a fellow Adjunct what he or she knows about the UAFP, and if the answer is only that “the union collects dues,” then direct them to our website at www.uafponline.org, or encourage them to call our 139 Fulton Street, Suite 708 office at 212-766-1600 to learn more about the benefits of membership.
For the UAFP to be able to take up the fight we have to be kept informed by our members, and remain united in our decisions. We cannot do it without each and every one of you: Adjuncts and Part-Time Staff Instructors regardless of campus, school, department or program. We are in the need of many volunteers in order to have our various committees be fully functional and we hope that you will consider stepping up to the plate. Please call our UAFP office at 212-766-1600 or our NYSUT Representative Daniel Esakoff at 212-989-3470 to find out how you can help.
Once again, thank for your giving us an opportunity to serve you, and I look forward to many beneficial undertakings ahead as your new President.