FORDHAM RUNS ACCORDING TO A SET OF STATUTES
THAT CLEARLY SET OUT HOW THE FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK TOGETHER TO RUN THE UNIVERSITY.
THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING DOCUMENT THAT
SETS DOWN THE STANDARDS FOR SHARED GOVERNANCE
Click here to see the University Statutes.
Article 4, Chapter 8 of the statutes spells out quite clearly that the administration and faculty must to agree on salary and benefits. “A faculty salary and benefit plan is determined annually between the Administration of the University and the Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee… Proposals negotiated by the Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee shall be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Senate before final agreement with the Administration is achieved,” it reads.
Despite that language, the administration has unilaterally determined salary and benefits for the 2016-17 year without Senate approval. The administration is now close to doing the same thing again for 2017-18.
In that same vein, the administration is trying to rescind benefits that are in the current contact with the faculty and spelled out in Appendix 4 of the Statutes.
It’s worth noting that the current statutory agreement on health care benefits, negotiated in 2014, allowed the administration to save many millions of dollars by consolidating all employee coverage with one carrier, United Healthcare. (Previously faculty and staff had a wide range of choices of both carriers and plans.)
Yet barely three years in this plan, the administration wants to renege on its promises. What kind of signal does this send to our students?