Last week, our department sent out our new contracts. We requested meetings to discuss these beforehand, but like any good corporate giant, they neglected to meet with us, sending formal paperwork instead (i.e. our contracts for the 2014-15 AY). The gist of our contracts is as follows:
- Anyone making below 36K: their salary was bumped up to 36K.
- Anyone making above 36K: their salary stayed the same.
- Our contracts state that this is for 1.0 FTE (which at this point, we gather, means 5/5, but the specifics aren’t spelled out).
What this means for us follows:
- People teaching in the department for 10+ years are now making very near to what people just hired are making (within 1-2K).
- 36K is being offered to teach 10 classes a year (the new norm base salary). And we are making the university a ton of money.
- The department didn’t value us enough to meet with us to discuss these contracts beforehand.
- This offer is counter to ASU’s new “Path to Promotion,” which plan to bump instructor pay to 36K and give anyone above 36K a 3K/year raise. (published Feb 2015, said to go into effect 2016).
- Previous merit pay was lumped into this new salary. We had been told for years that ASU doesn’t give cost of living raises, and that our best shot at raises were merit raises. May of us worked hard to earn these, and some have accumulated upwards to $8,000 over the years they have taught for ASU. Yet, in the new contracts, this merit pay is simply figured away into a “new base salary.”
- The department previously valued a 5/5 load without service at $36,300 with at MA or $38,300 (base pay + 6300 overload pay for 2 courses, all with service exemption).
Below you find our collective response: