It’s not over yet: AAUP contract negotiations continue

Negotiations between Rider’s faculty union and the administration are ongoing; both parties met yesterday and today, and today’s session has not concluded, according to both sides.

Negotiations yesterday ended at 3 p.m. Rider’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the administration were “very far apart on compensation,” when the session ended, according to an email sent to union members yesterday.

“The administration finally placed their salary proposal on the table: They proposed a 3-year contract with increases of 1 percent in the first year, 1.5 percent in the [second]  year and 1.75 percent in the [third] year,” the email read. “To put this in context, the administration has raised tuition 4.9 percent this year, and has stated their intention to raise tuition more or less in this range in years two and three.”

If today’s session between the AAUP and the administration yields no progress, the union negotiating team may call a strike.

“In the event that negotiations break down tomorrow and your negotiating team calls for a strike, the strike will begin on Wednesday morning,” according to the email sent yesterday.

The administration did not comment on yesterday’s negotiations.

-Emily Landgraf

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