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Regardless of the faculty union strike, students are required to report to scheduled classes unless the university indicates otherwise.Faculty have the legal right to decline to participate in a strike and to remain in the classroom and continue their classes for their students.
MYTH BUSTERSWe want to ensure you have the facts about the State System’s proposals. These “myth busters” seek to correct misinformation that continues to circulate about the negotiations between the State System and its faculty union, APSCUF. MYTH: Under the State System’s proposal, only permanent faculty would receive raises.FACT: The State System is offering pay increases to all faculty, permanent and temporary. Below are real-life examples of how the System’s proposal would benefit current faculty:
MYTH: The State System’s proposal would treat the faculty unfairly regarding healthcare. FACT: The State System has offered the union the same high-quality healthcare package as our nurses, police and security officers, and all non-union employees, seeking to treat all employees equitably.MYTH: The State System’s proposal to APSCUF would require full-time, temporary faculty to teach five courses per semester instead of four. FACT: This proposal was withdrawn.MYTH: The State System’s proposal to APSCUF would allow graduate students to teach courses in place of regular faculty.FACT: The State System had proposed allowing some graduate students, who would be selected by department faculty and who would be assigned a faculty mentor, the opportunity to gain teaching experience in instructional labs and clinics only. This proposal was withdrawn.MYTH: The State System’s proposal would allow universities to increase the cap on the number of temporary faculty they could hire from 25% to 30%.FACT: This proposal was withdrawn.MYTH: The State System’s proposal would allow a university president to transfer a faculty member to another department regardless of whether they were qualified to teach in the new department.FACT: The State System had proposed only to eliminate a current requirement that before a qualified faculty member could be transferred, the faculty in the receiving department had to first approve the transfer in a vote held by secret ballot. This proposal was withdrawn.MYTH: The State System’s proposal would eliminate the retiree healthcare benefit. FACT: The retiree health benefit for current employees and retirees will continue unchanged. For anyone hired after January 1, 2019, the System would provide healthcare coverage for up to five years after retirement or until the retiree attained Medicare eligibility.