Over twenty years
ago, we part-timers had no organized avenue through which to improve our
work situation collectively at USF. We had no recognized bargaining
agent through which we could address issues of salary, benefits, and
the creation of the USF Faculty Association Part-time unit, American
Federation of Teachers/California Federation of Teachers, Local 4269a (AFT/CFT Local 4269a) in 1983, we turned a crucial corner in our
relationship with the administration at USF.
Incrementally, we have successfully negotiated seniority rights
for members of the Preferred Hiring Pool (PHP). Initially, admission to
the PHP took years. Now, a typical adjunct professor can enter in as little as two years.
twelve years ago, when we successfully negotiated medical benefits for
members, the university agreed to pay only for the employee and only for
PHP members. However, over the last decade the university agreed to add
family members and through our latest renegotiated contract agreed to
include non-PHP adjunct faculty under limited conditions.
While we wish we could get the university to address all of our
concerns, we do recognize that Rome wasn't built in a day, so we remain
constant and dedicated to improving our contract provisions. Salary
increases, benefits such as retirement (10% in addition to salary once
you are admitted to the PHP), attention to everyday conditions related
to teaching, and a secure and respectful working environment are
examples of the kinds of issues that the Faculty Association has worked
diligently to achieve.
As a member of the association, you have the right to vote on issues that affect your
working life at USF. You help keep us strong and, in partnership
with the university, we will contribute significantly to the shared
mission of making this university a great place for students to learn,
grow, and prepare for meaningful lives in our community and our world.