Editorial: Faculty contracts making progress

Tensions were running high last week as contract negotiations continued between Rider’s administration and the Rider chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The two sides have been working on various issues, including professor duties and adviser requirements for the past several months. While there is still more to be decided, there was significant progress at last Friday’s meeting, more than there has been throughout the entire negotiation process, according to Dr. Jeffrey Halpern, contract administrator and chief grievance officer for AAUP.

So far, eight different aspects of the contract have essentially been worked out. The time limit to reach a final decision on the contract has been extended “indefinitely with three days notice,” according to an e-mail sent to AAUP members.

Last week, there was a rumor of a strike if progress was not made by last Friday. A strike is still possible, but since both sides have shown willingness to compromise, we can hope that it is less likely. With the possibility of a strike, students were worried about what would happen if classes were not going to be held. Would we have to make up for the time that was missed, or would the time off be forgiven since the cancellation of classes would have been out of our control? Hopefully, we won’t have to seek out the answers to these questions if more compromises can been reached.

One of the last issues to be talked about is compensation, which likely won’t be discussed for another week, according to Halpern. Both sides should continue to work on the contracts while also keeping in mind the best interests of the students.

We’ve come so far already. Hopefully both sides will be able to stay in a compromising state of mind to agree on the remaining issues.

This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by the Opinion Editor, Angelique Lee.

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