Part-time faculty are equal members of the CCSU-AAUP bargaining unit with full-time faculty.
In 1983, the General Assembly passed legislation that enabled part-time Connecticut state employees, including part-time faculty, the right to bargain collectively. In an election that followed, CSU part-time faculty chose AAUP as their bargaining agent. The 1982-84 Collective Bargaining Agreement was amended to cover part-time faculty.
What CSU-AAUP does for Part-time Faculty
Prior to their first contract, the part-time faculty had received only one raise in ten years. Since then, through a series of increases, minimum part-time salaries have more than quadrupled. In addition, CSU-AAUP has been able to improve working conditions for part-time faculty.
All faculty now have voicemail, email accounts, mailboxes, and secure space for the course material. Part-time faculty who teach nine or more load credits across ANY of the state’s public colleges and universities are now eligible for state subsidized healthcare. Further, CSU-AAUP negotiated a $300 course cancellation fee (if cancelled within 7 business days prior to the first day of classes) and the possibility of multi-semester contracts. Part-time faculty now are represented on the Faculty senate and in their departments. CSU-AAUP and CCSU-AAUP continue to work towards further improvements such as adequate office space, computer access, and secretarial support.
CCSU-AAUP Contract also provides funding for professional development grants for part-time faculty. And we send part-time faculty to institutes and conferences to help them better advocate for their causes, including the AAUP Summer Institute, and the Coalition for Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) International Biennial Conference.
Part-time Advisory Committee
The CCSU-AAUP Part-time Advisory Committee handles matters concerning the employment and working conditions of the part-time professoriate and works towards strengthening communication among and disseminating information to part-time faculty.
The committee believes that through on-going dialogue with university administrators, full-time faculty, and the AAUP, part-time faculty create opportunities to become more fully integrated into the life of the university and thus more fully contribute to its teaching and academic excellence.
With the union’s support, the committee has worked to establish part-time faculty representation on the Faculty Senate, direct deposit of part-time faculty paychecks, inclusion of part-time faculty into the 403b retirement plan, and increased recognition of part-time faculty into the campus community.
The Committee organizes events just for part-time faculty, such as an orientation at the beginning of every Fall semester, an evening program at before the Spring semester, and events for the annual Campus Equity day.
If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact us.
Resources for Part-time Faculty
Part-Time Faculty: Rights & Benefits in the Connecticut State University System (If you would like a printed copy, please contact us.)
Rights: A description of the rights and benefits of part-time faculty under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as discounts and privileges they have as CCSU faculty members.
For information about healthcare and retirement for part-time members, please visit the Healthcare/Retirement web page on the CSU-AAUP website.
The Adjunct Advocate is a bimonthly magazine featuring articles of interest to part-time faculty.
Get information and advice from the CSU-AAUP attorney regarding obtaining Unemployment Compensation between semesters.