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Negotiations: Article 24, Minimum Salaries

Wright State University Chapter

American Association of University Professors

AAUP-WSU proposed the article in the the left column of the table below for inclusion in the first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for non-tenure-eligible (NTE) faculty. Our negotiating team handed it to the administration at the negotiating session on June 3, 2013. The administration presented the counterproposal in the right column of the table below on June 21, 2013.

Reports about the status of this article will be found below the article itself.

See our CBA Negotiations page for a roster of the AAUP-WSU negotiating team, brief reports about each Monday's negotiation session, and an article-by-article summary table with links to detailed information about each individual article that either the administration or AAUP-WSU proposes to include in the CBA.

Article 24

Minimum Salaries

24.1 Effective August 1, 2013, the minimum base salary for Bargaining Unit Faculty Members with academic year appointments shall be:

Sr. Lecturer or Clinical Assistant Professor $53,600
Lecturer or Clinical Instructor $43,450
Instructor $38,125
Visiting Faculty $36,500

24.2 Effective July 1, 2013, the minimum base salary for Bargaining Unit Faculty Members with fiscal year appointments shall be:

Sr. Lecturer or Clinical Assistant Professor $65,511
Lecturer or Clinical Instructor $53,105
Instructor $46,597
Visiting Faculty $44,611
24.1 Upon execution of this Agreement, the minimum base salary for Bargaining Unit Faculty Members in each rank shall be the lowest base salary in that rank calculated pursuant to Article 23 and adjusted, as necessary, for fiscal or academic appointments.

Status of Negotiations about the Above Article

August 20, 2013 update

The parties reached tentative agreement on this article, and they initialed the TA'd article on August 19, 2013.

June 21, 2013

The administration presented the counterproposal shown in the right column of the table above, explaining that it did not have a good sense of minimum salaries.

The reader should note that the administration's proposal declares that the minimum salary in each rank will be the least amount paid to any person in that rank. Thus not one penny of extra compensation will go to any NTE faculty member in this contract due to this article.

Our team replied emphatically that this would be a deal-breaker. We stated that our minimum salaries proposal would cost the administration the same as a 1.6% overall increase; and, we reminded the administration that it had already publicly announced that the classified staff would get a 2% increase plus other increases equivalent to an additional 1.6% overall increase. We further reminded the administration that our NTE faculty would be losing 1% due to the forthcoming (July 1, 2013) increases in STRS and ARP employee contributions.

After the parties discussed this article, and also the administration's proposals on the two other major economic Articles 23 (Compensation) and 26 (Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance), they had an extended off-the-record negotiation.

June 3, 2013

Our team presented our opening proposal as shown in the left column of the table above. We noted that at the recent Board of Trustees Budget Workshop, the administration reported that classified staff would be getting a 2% raise plus additional increases that would cost about $300,000; we calculated that that the latter was approximately equivalent to an additional 1.6% raise for the classified staff; and, we further calculated that our minimum salaries proposal above would likewise be approximately equivalent to an additional 1.6% raise for the NTE faculty.

In response to our proposal for Articles 23 (Compensation), 24, and 26 (Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance), the administration stated that it expected to have a meeting soon that would enable it to reply, probably, by the negotiating session after next, set for Friday, June 21.


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