The RAFO Front Table Team continues negotiations with the University for a 2021-2024 contract. The negotiations began at the end of April, and we have had nine bargaining sessions with the University. While not complete, we have made steady progress, and we believe we are close to finalizing a proposed contract for our membership.  No surprise - the biggest stumbling block has been money.

One of the key elements is the first year of the contract. The University has been adamant on a 0% increase for the 2020/2021 academic year, and the RAFO team has been similarly insistent that this is unacceptable. One of the University’s reasons for the 0% is the current climate. With the COVID-19 lockdown, and all of the ensuing actions the University has had to take, we do not think the University will move from the 0%. With that in mind, the Front Table Team might accept the 0% in the first year if the University agrees to what we are asking for in the subsequent years. While we are not at liberty to state where we want to land, rest assured we are working as diligently as possible for a fair and equitable contract.

In solidarity,

Your RAFO Front Table Team

Donald Wlodarski, Joseph Fedorko, Stanford Traywick, Amelia Hicks, Mike Pinsof, Dennis Tucker and Jen Wilson

 

Now that our Spring sessions are over, it is time for us as instructors to think about how COVID has already affected how we teach - and how such factors as social distancing and 'dual modality' course designs will affect us for at least the Fall semester.  

Join RAFO and your fellow teachers for a discussion about the nuts and bolts of teaching this Fall. While this talk can inform RAFO in our ongoing contract negotiations, our primary goal is to help you prepare for the Fall with practical ideas, as well as give all of us some much-needed perspective on how COVID has affected everyone.

 

Topic: RAFO Members Chat - COVID and the Classroom
Time: Jun 5, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
 
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Please join Don Wlodarski and the Front Table Team as they discuss the progress and difficulties of the contract negotiations between the union and Roosevelt University. Don will speak of the top items on our contract agenda and take questions about the next steps in our process. 
 
RAFO continues to fight for additional compensation for the adjunct faculty who transitioned from face-to-face courses to online formats due to the COVID-19 crisis. Joseph Fedorko will provide a brief summary of RAFO's efforts and a few examples of what other universities are doing for their adjunct faculty. 
 
We hope to speak with you and answers your questions.
 
 
Topic: RAFO Contract Negotiation Update
Time: May 29, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
 
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Roosevelt University President Malekzadeh has announced some policy changes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for his message to the university.

Some key elements of the message include:

  • All universities and higher education institutions have been impacted by Covid-19, including RU
  • Roosevelt University must address the $4.7 million deficit
  • Roosevelt University hopes to have a balanced budget in fiscal year 2021

In order to accomplish the above, the President Ali has announced the following decisions:

  • A small percentage of full-time staff and administration positions have been eliminated
  • Deans have been asked to cut 10% from their operating budgets
  • A vast majority of employees will be furloughed 2-4 days per month through August 31
  • Executive Council and Dean’s Council will experience a 5% decrease in salary through August 31

 

Opportunities abound for adjunct faculty members to participate in university governance.  

Put your talents to good use.

Adjunct faculty members are eligible for serve on the Faculty Senate and College Council in each college.  Senate meets once a month; College Council meetings vary by College. Your voice and vote will count in these positions.  

Learn more about being involved in RAFO and your college during a Zoom meeting on Friday, May 15 at 4:00 pm Central Time (US and Canada).  

 

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Meeting ID: 961 1490 9636

 

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