2015 CSU-AAUP and BOR Contract Proposals

Please note:  These proposals are posted here for the convenience of our members.  Hard copies of these proposals are available in our four Chapter Offices.  Those are the official copies.  In the event that there are discrepancies between these electronic versions and the hard copies, the hard copies will be the authoritative texts.

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15 Responses to 2015 CSU-AAUP and BOR Contract Proposals

  1. Clearly, the draft contract BOR has put out seeks to dominate, or even silence, the only public watchdog group the BOR has: We the faculty. It is because of us that much of the BOR’s incompetence and profligacy have come to light. This contract draft looks like Act III of a dramatic tragedy titled “The Incompetence of the Connecticut Board of Regents.” I’ve made my thoughts known to the governor and my legislative delegation, and in doing so urged them to consider their political legacy — will this contract be the darkest of dark marks on their legacy?

  2. Hannah Hocutt says:

    As a student in one of the smaller science majors at CCSU, the threat to cut funds for faculty research directly affects me. For any of the sciences, the ability for students to participate in faculty research is critical to moving into graduate school. Most research is impossible to fund individually, and it is almost as impossible for faculty to compete for external funding. Without school funding, research would be effectively non-existent. Also, the science faculty need the financial freedom to attend conferences and other related events. Not only does this keep the faculty apprised of current research in their field(s), it also greatly encourages and enables the students to attend these events, present their research (usually conducted with faculty), talk to faculty from other universities, and build their resumes. These are all extremely important for a student who is thinking of applying to a graduate school or research-based job. Graduate application is highly competitive. Without the ability to conduct their own research, faculty will not be able to prepare their students for application, and they will not be able to provide adequate references during any application to REUs or graduate schools. UCONN already has an advantage over the CSU universities in this area. The proposals that are being put forth would definitively terminate the ability of the CSU science majors to compete, and it would turn away any serious incoming science majors from the CSU schools.

  3. Andrew says:

    If the faculty cared so much about the students than they wouldn’t be asking for a raise.

    The average annual salary of a CCSU professor is $119, 879, which, and I’m paraphrasing here, is $32, 223 more than the state average. The national average salary for a professor is $58, 530. This contract is asking for the annual salary to be increased to $140, 000 by the year 2020. That’s a ~58% increase in salary over the national average.

    How does increasing the salary for CCSU professors benefit our education is the question that needs to be considered. Will we see a ~58% increase in the quality of our education versus other state schools?

    I doubt that. We’ll probably see yet another tuition hike when the state is already dipping twice into our pockets with taxes and the ever-increasing cost of tuition. Somebody needs to pay, and that somebody will be the students.

    What I don’t doubt is that investing in better classrooms, better equipment, better infrastructure is investing in us, the students.

    • admin says:

      Andrew,
      Not sure where you got your figures but they are wrong. The salary you report for a CCSU professor is nowhere near what the highest paid professor earns at CCSU. What’s more the amount that you report is actually more than what is contractually allowed to be paid to any professor in any part of the CSU system.
      Also, you should note that full professors earn different salaries than a part-time professor or an assistant professor. So not every one of the 1,043 faculty members at CCSU would be earning your fictional salary.

      • Andrew says:

        They aren’t wrong, and if you think they are I invite you to cite your source(s).

        Also, that you have stooped to insulting my intelligence rather than presenting a sound argument based on facts would seem to imply that you have no such argument, and that I am right in what I say and your response is merely a knee-jerk visceral reaction to the truth that I have presented.

        Furthermore, you have chosen to hide behind the alias “admin” which seems to me a premeditated effort to preserve credibility, I.E.: you’re a coward.

        • Caleb says:

          Andrew,

          As you have invited the user admin to do, please cite your sources for the salary information you have reported.

          It is not accurate.

          The minimum and maximum salary ranges in the current version of the CSU AAUP contract can be found by clicking on either of the proposal links posted above on this website. That should satisfy your request for source citation.

          Additionally, you have resorted to name calling, which undermines the intellectual and moral standing on which your arguments were founded.

          I invite you to actually read both versions of the contract proposal, consider them, and the implications that both have for faculty, students, and members of the community.

          • Andrew says:

            Caleb,

            You speak of moral responsibility and yet the union has chosen to adopt this pathetic strategy of attempting to maneuver the student body between the State and themselves.

            Let’s make one thing clear shall we? It isn’t the CSU system versus the State. That is a misnomer. It is the AAUP union versus the State.

            The students have nothing to do with this. If you, or any other union member, feels that the student’s education is being compromised due to lack of funding than why are the faculty seeking a raise? That is the question that has yet to be answered.

            Or would you rather talk about the fact that CCSU professors already make well above the national average salary for a State University professor?

            The State is broke. Do you understand what that means or have you grown so dependent on the union hive-mind that you are incapable of independent thought? The State has no money. Don’t parrot back to me the same sentiment that some other union zealot has already puked up, come, tell me, where this money you ask for is going to come from?

            If you don’t like the fact that the state is broke, well, I don’t blame you there. You do know, however, that you are welcome to apply for a position at any private university of your choosing, right?

    • Salary Info says:

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has searchable data for the salaries of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, and Instructors at colleges/universities. For the CSU schools, it shows the comparison by other 4-year public colleges/universities and by other CT colleges/universities.

      Given Andrew used a CCSU Professor salary figure ($119,879) in his original post, here is the data for CCSU: the Professor rate is $89,910 which is $17,715 less than other 4-year public schools ($107,625) and $33,011 less than other CT institutions ($122,921). The salaries for Professor for the other CSUs are: $86,139 (Eastern), $88,263 (Southern), and $92,772 (Western).

      As others have pointed out, there are many faculty who are not at the Professor level and thus making much less than the average for Professors. Associate Professors at the CSUs range from $69,408 to $72,387 and Assistant Professors range from $56,151 to $61,218.

      When comparing all of the levels for full-time faculty positions at the CSU schools, they are making less than the average for 4-year public colleges and less than the CT average. Only the Instructor level has averages that are slightly higher than 4-year public schools and slightly higher than the CT average (with the exception of SCSU which is slightly lower than the CT average).

      Here is the link to page for CCSU: http://data.chronicle.com/128771/Central-Connecticut-State-University/

      To see other data, type the name of the school in the search bar. Hopefully this clears up some of the confusion on salaries.

  4. Caleb says:

    Andrew,

    You have once again resorted to insults instead of providing your sources or actually reading and discussing the contract proposals as they were submitted on both sides.

    It seems as you are only looking to spread contention and conflict instead of having intelligent conversation about real issues.

  5. Elizabeth Cowles says:

    Dear Andrew: A few years ago, the faculty agreed to a wage freeze and furlough days, effectively cutting our salaries by 1-2 %. You say we don’t care about the students? Again, please provide us with your sources. Thank you

  6. Andrew says:

    Trying to elicit any kind of rational thought from you people was obviously a mistake on my part. The moment I submit anything some union robot chirps up, their gears desperately twirling and whirling inside their capacious skulls as they fuddle and muddle and struggle to arrive at any answer that circumvents the questions I have asked. You should all be politicians.

    Now, let’s try one last time. I asked two simple questions:

    1: If you are concerned about your personal research grants being cut, and thus reducing your ability to teach effectively than why are you asking for a raise? You are already overpaid by National standards, would that money not be better spent elsewhere…say, on research grants perhaps?

    2: The State is completely broke. Where is the money for this raise you are demanding going to come from? Certainly you don’t think this money will simply coalesce out of nothingness, do you?

  7. Mark says:

    I’m surprised that anyone has bothered replying to you. You clearly don’t understand how to find real information on the internet, or how to provide your sources apparently.

  8. Frustrated Prof. says:

    Fact: S.T.E.M. professors at CCSU are paid under not over national averages* due to long standing contract uniform salary caps at each level. This is why many new faculty searches are unsuccessful in hiring the 1st or even 2nd choice candidates. Additionally, longstanding quality teachers in these disciplines must seek outside consulting to make up the difference in what they can earn in a professional discipline, on the market, in the real world of supply and demand.

    Considering the wage freezes and furlough days cited from recent years and the current BOR proposal striking section 13.12 that further cuts salaries by up to 5.4 % , the opposite of providing raises becomes the reality. Wake up BOR, legislature, governor and students. The long standing faculty disparity problem along with the continued lack of a replacement for the failing and out grown Copernicus Hall directly effects students and their programs in your only STEM school of the CSU system. Instead of adding to administrative bloat, put our limited resources into high demand faculty and facilities.
    * Ref: Regionalized Comparative Faculty Salary Data from the CUPA‐HR
    National Faculty Salary Survey, 2014‐15

  9. Confused says:

    Either you’re confused or I am “FrustratedProf.” You correctly cite a problem with uniform wage caps but then do not blame the union for the problem. I find this puzzling. It’s the very presence of the union that leads to the standardization of pay across all disciplines.

    Moreover, I think recent investments in SCSU betray your contention that CCSU is the preferred STEM school in the system. Perhaps you’re working at the wrong campus.

  10. Mark says:

    Andrew,

    You should pay close attention to Salary Info’s post. That is how you cite your sources, in case you were wondering.

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