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FOR PRESS: Update on Faculty Salary and Benefits Negotiation (4/19/2017)

FORDHAM FACULTY TO STAGE “SICK-IN” AND RALLY AT MANHATTAN AND BRONX CAMPUSES TO PROTEST PROPOSED CUTS TO HEALTHCARE BENEFITS

NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT TO BE HELD SAME DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 17, 2017

Faculty members at Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, will stage protests across their Manhattan and Bronx campuses, with  a “sick-in” rally at their Manhattan campus on Wednesday, April 19th and a rally on the Bronx campus on Thursday, April 20th, to protest draconian cuts being proposed to their health care benefits.

On Wednesday, faculty will be casting electronic ballots in a vote of ‘No Confidence’ in University President Joseph M. McShane, SJ, over his mishandling of salary and benefit negotiations, the university’s breaking of the legally binding statues that define co-governance by the administration and faculty, and the university’s blocking of the contingent faculty’s democratic right to unionize.

The Wednesday “sick in” rally will take place at 4 pm on April 19th on the second floor outdoor plaza of the Fordham Lincoln Center campus. Entrance is via stairs near the northwest corner of 60th Street and Columbus Avenue.

The Thursday rally in the Bronx will coincide with the lunch meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees and will take place outside of the Walsh Library on the Bronx Campus, just east of the MetroNorth Station at East Fordham Road and Webster Avenue.

The Fordham administration broke the university’s governing statutes in 2016 by imposing salary and benefit changes on the faculty and allocating the salary without the agreement of the Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee and the Faculty Senate, which is required by the statutes. The administration is on the verge of breaking the statutes again in 2017—and this time, it wants to cut two of the three health care plans currently available to faculty. The one plan that would be offered would shift thousands of dollars of costs onto the sickest, most vulnerable members of the faculty by offering a plan with high co-pays, a high deductible, and extremely high out of pocket maximums. The university is also refusing to discuss raises unless the faculty accepts the one, pared down health care plan.

The Fordham faculty is taking the unprecedented step of holding a vote of no confidence in the university president to show their displeasure with the current situation and the lack of faith it has in the leadership of the university to uphold the contracts and agreements it has made. Votes will be cast electronically throughout the day. The confidential third-party verified results of the No-Confidence vote will be announced at the rally, just after 5pm,

“We have been negotiating in good faith for months, but the Fordham administration simply will not live up to the provisions already in our 2014 contract—and now they want to cut even more,” explains Andrew H. Clark, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Chair of the Fordham University Senate’s Salary and Benefits Committee. “Students come to a university to get an education, and we do the educating. Our faculty should receive decent pay and benefits for the tireless work they do for Fordham students. Plus if the university will not live up to its own rules, it sets a terrible precedent for our students and the future of our institution.”

The protest and vote of no confidence are timed to a meeting by the university’s Board of Trustees, which runs from April 19th-21st.

Fordham contingent faculty and the Local 151, which represents Fordham’s clerical workers, will also be participating in the April 19th “sick-in.” Contingent faculty have been working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on a unionization drive, which the Fordham administration opposes, but which has been endorsed by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Fordham’s full-time faculty supports the contingent faculty’s desire to unionize, and are deeply distressed by the Fordham administration’s attempts to block such unionization. The poor treatment of contingent faculty is another reason the leaders of Fordham’s Faculty Senate are urging colleagues to vote no confidence in Fordham’s president.

The Faculty Senate represents faculty at Fordham’s 10 undergraduate and graduate schools. There are over 15,000 students currently enrolled.

Contacts for further information:

Dr. Anne Fernald, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, President, Fordham University Faculty Senate, fernald@fordham.edu

Dr. Andrew H. Clark, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Head of the Fordham University Senate’s Salary and Benefits Committee, anclark@fordham.edu


NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT TO BE HELD SAME DAY, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 17, 2017

Faculty members at Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, will stage a “sick-in” rally at their Manhattan campus on Wednesday, April 19th to protest draconian cuts being proposed to their health care benefits.

Simultaneously, faculty will be casting electronic ballots in a vote of  ‘No Confidence’ in University President Joseph M. McShane, SJ, over his mishandling of salary and benefit negotiations, the university’s breaking of the legally binding statues that define co-governance by the administration and faculty, and the university’s blocking of the contingent faculty’s democratic right to unionize.

The rally will take place at 4 pm on April 19th on the second floor outdoor plaza of the Fordham Lincoln Center campus.  Entrance is via stairs near the northwest corner of 60th Street and Columbus Avenue.

The Fordham administration broke the university’s governing statutes in 2016 by imposing salary and benefit changes on the faculty and allocating the salary without the agreement of the Faculty Salary and Benefits Committee and the Faculty Senate, which is required by the statutes.  The administration is on the verge of breaking the statutes again in 2017—and this time, it wants to cut two of the three health care plans currently available to faculty.  The one plan that would be offered would shift thousands of dollars of costs onto the sickest, most vulnerable members of the faculty by offering a plan with high co-pays, a high deductible, and extremely high out of pocket maximums.  The university is also refusing to discuss raises unless the faculty accepts the one, pared down health care plan.

The Fordham faculty is taking the unprecedented step of holding a vote of no confidence in the university president to show their displeasure with the current situation and the lack of faith it has in the leadership of the university to uphold the contracts and agreements it has made.    Votes will be cast electronically throughout the day.   The confidential third-party verified results of the No-Confidence vote will be announced at the rally,  just after 5pm,

“We have been negotiating in good faith for months, but the Fordham administration simply will not live up to the provisions already in our 2014 contract—and now they want to cut even more,” explains Andrew H. Clark, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Chair of the Fordham University Senate’s Salary and Benefits Committee.  “Students come to a university to get an education, and we do the educating.  Our faculty should receive decent pay and benefits for the tireless work they do for Fordham students.  Plus if the university will not live up to its own rules, it sets a terrible precedent for our students and the future of our institution.”

The protest and vote of no confidence are timed to a meeting by the university’s Board of Trustees, which runs from April 19th-21st.

Fordham contingent faculty and the Local 151, which represents Fordham’s clerical workers, will also be participating in the April 19th “sick-in.”  Contingent faculty have been working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on a unionization drive, which the Fordham administration opposes, but which has been endorsed by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Fordham’s full-time faculty supports the contingent faculty’s desire to unionize, and are deeply distressed by the Fordham administration’s attempts to block such unionization. The poor treatment of contingent faculty is another reason the leaders of Fordham’s Faculty Senate are urging colleagues to vote no confidence in Fordham’s president.

The Faculty Senate represents faculty at Fordham’s 10 undergraduate and graduate schools.  There are over 15,000 students currently enrolled.

Contacts for further information:

Dr. Anne Fernald, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, President, Fordham University Faculty Senate, fernald@fordham.edu

Dr. Andrew H. Clark, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Head of the Fordham University Senate’s Salary and Benefits Committee, anclark@fordham.edu

For more information, see http://www.fordhamfacultyrights.com