We Reached a Tentative Agreement

We have reached a tentative agreement on our first collective bargaining agreement with the Brandeis University administration! This settlement makes significant progress on fair compensation, job security and income stability, professional development, and other key priorities.

What Happens Next?

First, it means that the negotiating committee members believe this is a good contract and are recommending it for your approval. The contract cannot go into effect without being ratified by Brandeis Part-Time Contingent Faculty who become members of our union.

Next week we will hold two days of in-person information sessions on the agreement, where you can cast a ratification vote.

Tuesday, April 25th
11:00 – 12:00
12:30 – 1:30
2:00 – 3:00
5:00 – 6:00

Wednesday, April 26th
11:00 – 12:00
1:00 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:00
5:00 – 6:00

All info sessions will take place in the Luria Room of the Hassenfeld Conference Center.

Online/out of state faculty, please join us on Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm for a digital info session. Use this link to join our online meeting –– you will need the Adobe Connect Add-in.


Did We Achieve Our Goals?

We formed our union over a year ago and we have been working for a first contract ever since. While this agreement doesn’t fix every problem at Brandeis, we believe significant progress has been made. Areas in which this first contract makes gains include:

Significant pay increases and progress towards parity. By the end of this three-year agreement, the lowest-paid adjunct faculty will see significant pay increases. Lecturers in Arts and Sciences will see a median per-credit pay increase of 25 percent. Rabb GPS Instructors will see a median pay increase of 17 percent. Every part-time contingent faculty member will have guaranteed raises each year. These gains bring us closer to pay parity — equal pay for teaching — with our full-time colleagues.

Job security and income stability. We will be eligible for multi-year appointments and protections against reduction in teaching load — and thus income — from year to year. Class cancellations will not affect our eligibility for benefits.

Rewarding longevity. Adjunct faculty will have their base per-course rates increased for longevity, in addition to across-the-board raises guaranteed every year.

Support for research, artistic practice, and professional practice. As scholars, artists, and practitioners we will have access to funding for professional development that supports teaching and learning at Brandeis.

Inclusion and a voice for faculty. We formed a union to have a seat at the table and a say in decisions that affect us. Through enhanced inclusion in department and program meetings, as well as a new joint labor-management committee, we will continue to enact the mutual problem-solving approach and collaborative spirit that characterized the negotiations.

How Did We Reach This Agreement?

Since 2015, when we first came together to form our union, we have had support from tenured faculty, alumni, and, most of all, students. Particularly in the last month of bargaining, the Brandeis administration received the same message over and over: all faculty, regardless of rank, appointment type, or whether they teach face-to-face or online, are to be treated as valued members of our academic community.

We are thrilled to share this victory with these allies, and we look forward to sharing them with you next week. Don’t forget to RSVP for one of the information sessions!

On Behalf of your Brandeis Faculty Forward Negotiating Committee,

Chris Alt, International Business School
Joshua Ellsworth, Heller School of Social Policy and Management
Drew Flanagan, College of Arts and Sciences
Nina Kammerer, Heller School of Social Policy and Management
Michelle Mann, College of Arts and Sciences
Cynthia Phillips, Rabb School of Continuing Studies (GPS)
Amy Todd, Rabb School of Continuing Studies (GPS)


Click here to see a more detailed summary of our new TA

Click here to become a member of our union