JOIN MEMBERS OF THE FORDHAM FACULTY AT COMMENCEMENT.
STAND UP FOR SHARED GOVERNANCE. STAND UP TO RESPECT THE STATUTES. STAND UP TO EXONERATE STUDENT PROTESTORS.
CELEBRATE FORDHAM’S COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE. CELEBRATE THE CLASS OF 2017: MEN AND WOMEN FOR OTHERS.
Follow these links to recent news:
1) Faculty Senate accepts salary deal with
health care cuts under protest (May 12th)
2) Faculty Senate Salary & Benefits Committee
rebuts Fordham’s #fakenews (May 5th)
3) Administration retaliates against students (April 30th)
protesting in support of faculty rights
4) Sign petition to support student protesters (April 30th)
This website is dedicated to the Fordham faculty’s fight for fair treatment on salary, benefits and co-governance issues. Our 700 teacher/researchers and 1,100 non-unionized Fordham staff members will suffer grievously if the proposed cuts to health insurance benefits are implemented.
For nearly a year, the Fordham administration, backed by the Board of Trustees, has been mistreating its faculty and staff in ways that are unseemly for a Jesuit university centered on social justice:
- Trying to cut faculty healthcare in violation of our existing contract. The latest proposed changes, which would affect staff as well, would impose thousands of extra dollars of health care costs on the sickest and most economically vulnerable members of our community by forcing everyone onto one pared-down health care plan with high co-pays, high deductibles, and extremely high out-of-pocket maximums.
- Refusing to give faculty and staff raises that do more than keep up with inflation while also shifting more and more of the cost of health care on our backs.
- Ignoring the legally binding statutes of the university that lay out the procedures for faculty/administration co-governance. If our university won’t play by its own rules, what kind of example is it setting for our students?
RESULTS: 88% of voting faculty voted No Confidence in the leadership of
Fordham President Father Joseph P. McShane, S.J.
Six hundred and eleven (611) full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty were eligible to vote; 488 voted; and 431 expressed no confidence in the leadership of the President. This represents an 80% voter turnout rate, and an 88% majority expressing their apprehension over the leadership of the University. Fordham Faculty Senate President Anne E. Fernald announced the results of the vote at 5:04pm on Wednesday, April 19th. The certified vote was conducted by an impartial 3rd party vendor.
On April 20th, the Board of Trustees passed the University’s 2018 budget, but directed the Administration to continue negotiations “to find accommodation with the Faculty Senate’s Salary and Benefits Committee within the Board’s approved budget. While the current health care plan will definitely change, there is an opportunity for the faculty to have input as to how the money is allocated and/or spent.” In short, the Trustees have already determined to violate the faculty’s 2014 healthcare agreement, but have allotted one week for us to attempt to mitigate the damage they’re doing to the health and well-being of Fordham’s faculty and staff.
Last week, in two days of demonstrations on the University’s
Manhattan and Bronx campuses, hundreds of faculty, staff, students and alumni demonstrators were asked about the Trustees and Administration actions.
“How does that make you feel?” they were asked.
“Sick,” they exclaimed. And they’re still feeling sick.