Loyola University Chicago and SEIU Local 73 met on Thursday, April 22, for our seventh College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) bargaining session. The session was productive, with both sides remaining committed to reaching a fair agreement as soon as possible.
At the session, Loyola did not propose any changes or updates to the existing collective bargaining agreement between the University and SEIU Local 73.
SEIU Local 73 made three economic counterproposals, which were discussed by both parties:
Article 13.1-General – The Union proposed allowing full-time Unionized Faculty members (other than Temporary Faculty) to participate in the CAS Rank, Tenure, and Leave Committee.
Article 20-Workload – The Union proposed several amendments to Article 20, including:
- Article 20.1(A)-Full-Time Regular Workload: The Union proposed full-time Unionized Faculty members (other than Temporary Faculty) will normally be required to teach four three-credit hour courses in one semester and three three-credit hour courses in the other semester or, if classes are less than three-credit hours, a total of twenty-one (21) credit hours, in each academic year.
- Article 20.1(F)-Large Course Enrollments: The Union proposed any courses with an enrollment cap of at least ninety (90) students without any discussion sections or courses with an enrollment cap of at least seventy-five (75) students with at least three (3) discussion sections will count as the equivalent of two (2) standard three-credit hour courses if they meet the minimum number of students enrolled. The Union also proposed that Chemistry courses with two associated discussion sections will count as the equivalent of one and one half (1.5) of one (1) standard three-credit hour course.
- Article 20.1(G)-Independent Study: The Union proposed adding Article 20.1(G) to note if a full-time Unionized Faculty member is assigned four (4) or more independent study students in a single Academic Year that will be considered as a three-credit hour course.
- Article 20.5-Course Releases: The Union proposed adding overseeing English placements in a particular academic year to the list of situations when full-time Unionized Faculty members may be eligible to receive a one course release or additional compensation (subject to specific requirements). The process for requesting a course release or additional compensation would begin with the Unionized Faculty member requesting their preference for either the course release or the additional compensation from the departmental chairperson. The Union also proposed that in no event will a Unionized Faculty member receive more than one (1) standard course release in any academic year.
Article 23-Compensation – The Union proposed several amendments to Article 23, including:
- Article 23.1(A)(1)-Minimum Annual Salaries for 2021-22 Academic Year: The Union proposed increasing the minimum annual salaries for full-time Unionized Faculty members to the following based on the number of academic years they have taught at the University:
- Less than 3 full academic years
- Lecturer (without a terminal degree or equivalency): $58,982
- Lecturer (with a terminal degree or equivalency): $61,054
- Between 3 and 6 full academic years
- Lecturer: $64,160
- Advanced Lecturer: $66,955
- More than 6 full academic years
- Lecturer: $66,955
- Advanced Lecturer: $70,579
- Senior Lecturer: $76,549
- Less than 3 full academic years
- Article 23.1(B)(2)-Hourly Rates for Certain Courses: The Union proposed increasing the standard hourly rate paid to part-time Unionized Faculty members for certain courses and other terms to $74.54 per hour.
- Article 23.1(B)(4)-Adjunct Instructors: The Union proposed that adjunct instructors who receive an hourly rate for their classes will be compensated at a minimum pay rate of $20 higher than the Standard Pay Rates Per Credit Hour.
- Article 23.1(D)-Terminal Degree in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures: The Union proposed amending the language for Article 23.1(D)(1) to note part-time Unionized Faculty members teaching language instruction courses who were hired prior to June 11, 2018, and possess a master’s degree, including those who are all but dissertation (ABD), but not a Ph.D., will receive a one-percent pay increase each Academic Year until the pay rate for part-time Unionized Faculty members “without a terminal degree or equivalency” in section 23.1(B)(1) exceeds the pay rate for these Unionized Faculty members.
Loyola and SEIU Local 73 will meet for our next bargaining session on Thursday, April 22. Both sides agreed to add two tentative bargaining sessions to the schedule for Thursday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 12, if needed. In the meantime, please visit LUC.edu/bargaining for additional information.