We know the faculty model in higher ed is changing, with part-time faculty making up more and more of the faculty workforce in institutions across the country. But what does the big picture look like in terms of adjunct numbers, bargaining power and pay? Data from last year’s CUPA-HR faculty salary surveys tell the story.
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Following the NLRB’s August 23 decision in Columbia University, which held that student workers at private institutions are employees entitled to collective bargaining and other rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act, colleges and universities have seen a rapid increase in union organizing efforts employing disparate approaches and increased union activity on campus from student workers and other employees.
On September 30, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 (EO) requiring federal contractors and subcontractors working on or in connection with covered contracts to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. Although DOL has made some minor revisions to the proposed rule, the final rule remains largely unchanged and will impose significant obligations on many employers.
In an effort to better prepare students to enter the working world on solid footing, colleges and universities are placing greater emphasis on experiential learning — and at many institutions, student employment is a means to this end. But in order for students to gain skills and knowledge that are transferable to the world of work, the student employment experience must be a meaningful one.
On August 17, the National Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous decision dismissing a representation petition filed by a group of Northwestern University football players seeking to unionize — a landmark decision in a case which had the potential to significantly alter the makeup of college athletics.
When leadership at Northeast Ohio Medical University charged human resources a few years ago with creating a new strategy for rewards and recognition, there was one clear mandate — no more across-the-board pay increases. With that direction and a pool of dollars allocated to fund five years of merit increases, HR set out to rethink the university’s approach to performance management. The outcome: a competency-based pay-for-performance system that rewards only top performers and is linked to institution-wide goals.
The National Labor Relations Board's new “breadth and depth” test of faculty authority, which it outlined in the recent Pacific Lutheran University decision, may make it easier for faculty to organize on college campuses.
Nearly every higher education institution in the U.S. employs adjunct faculty; and at many colleges and universities, these off-the-tenure-track professors make up the majority of the teaching faculty. These employees are a vital part of the higher ed workforce, contributing in myriad ways to institutions’ teaching and learning goals. But with the rise in the number of adjuncts across the country also comes a push by unions to organize them. How can institutions lessen the likelihood that adjunct faculty will feel the need to collectively bargain?
Remember how you felt on your first day at a new job? I do. On my first day at CUPA-HR – 10 short years ago – I was excited, nervous and eager to learn my way around and get to work. Not unusual for a new employee. But there's no faster way to tamp down fresh enthusiasm than a stale orientation or onboarding program. You know the kind – one or two talking heads and countless PowerPoint slides.