This afternoon, Fordham’s Faculty Senate passed a resolution to hold a vote of no confidence in the University’s President, Fr. Joseph P. McShane, S.J.
The resolution followed months of difficult negotiations over the Adminstration’s proposed health care cuts, and also reflects the faculty’s deep concerns over the Administration’s ongoing disregard for the university’s governing statutes, and its recent decision to oppose the contingent faculty’s petition to the National Labor Relations Board to hold a democratic union election.
The motion, which passed 11 to 2, with no abstentions, read as follows:
Whereas Fordham University wishes to abandon the University’s health care contract negotiated in 2014 and has pushed to have it replaced by a new health care plan that would result in significantly increased costs for faculty and staff and would threaten their health, well-being, and incomes;
Whereas the unilateral imposition of wage increases and the allocation of those increases in academic year 2016-2017 violated the University Statutes and overturned more than 30 years of historical precedent;
Whereas Fordham University has undermined the University’s mission to be in service for others and to help those who deserve workplace representation by refusing to allow the contingent faculty to hold a democratic election to decide whether they want to be represented by a Union;
Whereas, the foregoing actions evidence a failure of leadership by the President of Fordham University
The Faculty Senate calls on the Senate President to conduct a full-faculty electronic vote of no confidence in the President of Fordham University between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Results will be announced immediately at 5 p.m.
Although the faculty bargaining team continues to negotiate in good faith in the hope of reaching an agreement that will preserve faculty and staff health benefits and ensure meaningful salary increases, the vote of no confidence is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th from 8am-5pm. Voting will be open to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, who will receive instructions by email with directions on how to participate in the secure electronic voting platform. The results of the vote will be announced at the conclusion of the faculty and staff demonstration to be held from 4-5pm on Wednesday, April 19th at Fordham Lincoln Center on the Plaza Level.
For more information on the events leading up to the vote of no confidence, read this letter to Fordham’s faculty from Prof. Andrew H. Clark, Chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Salary and Benefits.