Collective Bargaining Agreement Reached

Dear Saint Mary’s Community Members,

I am pleased to announce that the College has reached a mutually endorsed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the union representing adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s.

The agreement is consistent with the College’s compensation philosophy for faculty and staff. It provides a fair wage in the Bay Area marketplace, and is consistent with our commitment to social justice and the dignity of all persons as a Catholic college in the Lasallian tradition of the Christian Brothers.

The new contract ensures that all adjunct faculty will receive a wage increase. As of July 1, 2016 part-time adjunct faculty will be placed on a new, single pay scale that provides a range of increases averaging 4.2%. In the second year of the agreement, the scale increase will be 5.2%, and in FY 2019 it will adjust upward 4.9%.

In addition to providing equitable and sustainable per-course compensation, the agreement clearly delineates course preparation and instruction from service and other non-teaching duties. It also provides sick leave and compensation for course cancellations, establishes systems for course assignments based on seniority, and creates processes for performance reviews and grievances. Full-time adjunct positions will continue to be offered based on specific needs as approved by the College, and salary for full-time adjunct faculty will continue to be tied to the tenure-track faculty pay scale.

Saint Mary’s appreciates the contributions of all our faculty members, and this new agreement underscores the College’s and the union’s mutual goal of ensuring an excellent education for our students.

Beth Dobkin