In 1983, the General Assembly passed legislation that enabled part-time Connecticut state employees, including part-time faculty, the right to bargain collectively. In an election that followed, CSU part-time faculty chose AAUP as their bargaining agent. The 1982-84 Collective Bargaining Agreement was amended to cover part-time faculty. Prior to their first contract, the part-time faculty had received only one raise in ten years. Since then, through a series of increases, minimum part-time salaries have more than quadrupled.
In addition, CSU-AAUP has been able to improve working conditions for part-time faculty. All faculty now have voicemail, email accounts, and mailboxes. Effective fall 2007, part-time faculty who teach nine or more load credits across ANY of the state’s public colleges and universities are now eligible for state subsidized healthcare. Further, in the 2007-2011 Contract, CSU-AAUP negotiated a $300 course cancellation fee (if cancelled within 7 business days prior to the first day of classes) and the possibility of multi-semester contracts. CSU-AAUP and CCSU-AAUP continue to work towards further improvements such as adequate office space, computer access, and secretarial support.
Resources for Part-time Faculty
Part-Time Faculty: Rights & Benefits in the Connecticut State University System (if you would like a printed copy, please contact Michelle Malinowski)
Part-time Faculty Campus and Contract Information: A description of the rights and benefits of part-time faculty under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as discounts and privileges they have as CCSU faculty members.
For information about healthcare and retirement for part-time members, please visit the Healthcare/Retirement webpage on the CSU-AAUP website.
The CCSU-AAUP Part-time Advisory Committee handles matters concerning the employment and working conditions of the part-time professoriate and works towards strengthening communication among and disseminating information to part-time faculty. The committee believes that through on-going dialogue with university administrators, full-time faculty, and the AAUP, part-time faculty create opportunities to become more fully integrated into the life of the university and thus more fully contribute to its teaching and academic excellence. With the union’s support, the committee has worked to establish part-time faculty representation on the Faculty Senate, direct deposit of part-time faculty paychecks, inclusion of part-time faculty into the 403b retirement plan, part-time faculty orientation at the beginning of every Fall semester, and increased recognition of part-time faculty into the campus community. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Michelle Malinowski at (860) 832-3790 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adjunct Advocate is a bimonthly magazine featuring articles of interest to part-time faculty.