Point Park University and the United Steelworkers Wednesday announced that a tentative agreement for a contract has been reached between the school and its adjunct faculty after nearly 10 months of negotiations.
The contract would afford significant wage hikes and increase job security for more than 300 part-time professors at Point Park if it is ratified, according to both sides.
If approved, the contract would run through Aug. 1, 2019.
Post-Gazette education writer Eleanor Chute updates us on the latest from Point Park University.
More than 11 years after faculty at Point Park University voted to unionize, the university today announced it is dropping its legal challenge over whether they can form a union under the National Labor Relations Act.
After a unionization drive, faculty voted in June 2004 in favor of joining the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh/Communications Workers of America by a ratio of more than 3-to-1.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1955.
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With the pending departure of Heidi and Brian from the Post-Gazette snack bar, the executive committee authorized giving each of them a $50 gift card in the name of all Guild members. I delivered the gift cards today in greeting cards that thanked them and wished them best of luck from “all your friends in the Newspaper Guild.” They were very touched and appreciative.
We also authorized a gift card for Linda Parker, who unfailingly signs everyone up for the Guild, including interns. The last time I checked, this wasn’t part of her job duties for the company. Additionally, she quickly, efficiently and pleasantly provides any and all information requested by Guild officers so we can perform our duties. Like Heidi and Brian, she was surprised and very touched by the Guild’s gesture.
Negotiated during 18 difficult months of contract talks, the contract ratified in October now requires the Company to provide a $10 weekly contribution to a member’s 401k if they already contribute $20 a week. That contribution will double next July 1 to $20 a week with a $40 weekly employee contribution. And Guild members will receive a 2 percent raise on March 31.
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