In the second contract at Loyola University, the Non-Tenure Track faculty gained major wins that could set a precedent for other higher ed faculty unions.
Members won the conversion of some part-time positions into at least 14 full-time positions. Sarita Heer, the chief steward and bargaining committee member, said “We hope that by having language concerning part-time to full-time positions that we have set an example for other higher ed faculty unions. This language is unprecedented and could be the start of something big.”
Members also won three weeks of paid paternity leave for part-time faculty and they reduced the course load for full-timers by lowering the number of credit hours taught per year that triggers a course release. Members also won the addition of items to the list of work that qualifies one for a course release.
Alyson Paige Warren, part-time faculty chair and bargaining committee member stated, “We are proud of what we have accomplished with our new contract not just for our Adjunct and Non-Tenure Track faculty membership, but for the whole of Loyola University Chicago and our wider higher education community as well. Through working together, we were able to assert our collective voice as one that must be heard in the decision-making process at LUC with our first union contract. This voice further empowered us to break new ground in our current bargaining agreement.”