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Saint Louis University - SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement

On May 2, 2017, adjunct faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1 voted to ratify a five-year collective bargaining agreement with Saint Louis University.

The contract reflects Saint Louis University's ongoing commitment to its faculty, staff and students.

During the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, the parties met regularly to discuss issues including compensation, benefits, professional development and the appointment process.

The agreement builds upon the strong foundation established by Saint Louis University while providing the flexibility needed to address organizational and programmatic changes as part of the ongoing operational excellence program.

The details of the collective bargaining agreement are available to print and download.

Saint Louis University - SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement Summary

The full collective bargaining agreement between Saint Louis University and the adjunct faculty represented by the SEIU can be found here. Key provisions are outlined below.

Recognition (Article 2, p.2)

  • The University recognizes the SEIU as the exclusive bargaining representative for adjunct faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.
  • All other employees are excluded from SEIU representation, including, but not limited to: adjunct faculty in all other Colleges and Schools; post-doctoral fellows; non-tenure track faculty; tenure-track faculty; tenured faculty; full-time and part-time staff who also teach as adjunct faculty; all faculty administrators; graduate assistants who only teach courses pursuant to a stipend; all individuals who teach exclusively online courses; all individuals who teach non-degree granting courses.

Union Dues and Agency Service Fees (Article 4, p. 4)

  • All adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education must choose to: (i) become members of the SEIU and pay union dues; (ii) not become members of the SEIU and pay an agency service fee.
  • An adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Education who does not pay union dues or an agency service fee will not be assigned additional courses at the University.

Access to Services (Article 10, p. 12)

  • The University will continue to provide adjuncts with access to space and services, where the University determines such access is necessary to teach assigned courses.

Compensation (Article 11, p.13)

  • Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, minimum pay rates for adjunct faculty teaching courses in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education will be:
Academic Years Adjunct
Faculty Has Taught at SLU  
2018/2019
Pay/Credit Hour
2019/2020
Pay/Credit Hour
2020/2021
Pay/Credit Hour
 2021/2022
Pay/Credit Hour
3 or 4 academic years $1,175 $1,225 $1,275 $1,300
5 or 6 academic years $1,275 $1,325 $1,375 $1,400
7 or more academic years $1,375 $1,425 $1,475 $1,500

 

  • Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, any adjunct faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Education whose per credit hour pay rate exceeds the minimum pay rate will receive the following increases:
    • Fall 2018: 1 percent
    • Fall 2019: 1.5 percent
    • Fall 2020: 2 percent
    • Fall 2021: 2 percent.

Saint Louis University - SEIU Professional Development (Article 12, p. 15)

Adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Education can apply for reimbursement for professional development activities that contribute to the improvement of teaching, up to $500 per academic year. The total amount available from the fund in a given academic year will not exceed $15,000.

Benefits (Article 13, p. 16)

Adjunct faculty will continue to have the same access to discounted parking rates, the same access to Simon Recreation Center, the same eligibility to contribute to the University's 403(b) Annuity Plan, and the same eligibility for coverage under the University's health insurance plan(s) as they did prior to implementation of the collective bargaining agreement.

Appointments and Assignments (Article 14, p. 17)

  • Adjunct faculty will continue to be appointed on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Adjunct faculty member may achieve preferential appointment status if:
    • The adjunct faculty member has taught at least 60 credit hours, or 20 courses of less than three credit hours, at the University; and
    • The adjunct faculty member has taught at least 6 credit hours in four of the last six academic years; and
    • The adjunct faculty member has taught more than 18 courses within the department in immediate preceding six academic years.

An adjunct faculty member with preferential appointment status will have preference for assignment to a course they have taught in the last three academic years over other adjunct faculty members.

Duration of Agreement (Article 21, p. 27)

  • May 4, 2017 to June 30, 2022

Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Fund Reimbursement Request

Adjunct faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education may apply for reimbursement for reasonable costs associated with professional development activities which will contribute to the improvement of teaching, as outlined in Article 12 of the collective bargaining agreement.

The maximum reimbursement for an adjunct faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Education is $500 per academic year, and the fund is capped at $15,000 per academic year. Requests must be submitted and approved before the activity occurs, and they will be reviewed on Oct. 1, Dec. 1, Feb. 1, and April 1. Applicants will be informed of the decision to reimburse within two weeks of review.

All University travel requires a trip number, and if your request for reimbursement is approved you must obtain a trip number. This is done through Banner Self-Service via the following steps:

  1. Log onto Banner
  2. In Banner choose the ‘Employee' tab at the top of the page
  3. Choose the ‘Trip Menu' option
  4. Choose the ‘Create Trip For A SLU Employee' option
  5. Enter your information (Banner ID or Name)
  6. You will be asked if the correct employee has been selected. If yes, then Submit
  7. Fill in the required information:
      • Destination
      • Start date of travel
      • End date of travel
      • Travel type (for travel in the US choose ‘US50'; for international travel choose ‘Foreign')
      • Department (choose your home department)
  8. Note the trip number you are assigned

All travel arrangements for the University must be made through TravelPlex (travel agency) or Cliqbook/Concur (online booking system, which is available through the mySLU portal); this includes air, hotel and car rental reservations. The only exception to this is a conference hotel reservation, which can be made directly through the conference hotel. In order to book your travel through Cliqbook/Concur, you must have a travel profile on the site.

If you need help with Cliqbook/Concur and/or obtaining a trip number, please contact your department administrative secretary if you are in the College of Arts and Sciences or Kelissa Fiala at kfiala1@slu.edu if you are in the School of Education.

Apply for reimbursement from the professional development fund

Adjunct Faculty Survey - Spring 2015

In March of 2015 we conducted a survey of department chairs and program directors on the work environment and professional development needs of part-time/adjunct faculty members. This was followed in April of 2015 with a survey of part-time/adjunct faculty on the same subject. The results of the two surveys are below, along with two documents outlining possible issues for discussion to address the concerns raised in the surveys.

A brief summary of the survey results was presented by Michael Lewis, associate provost for Faculty Affairs and Development, at the two open fora the president and provost held with part-time/adjunct faculty on May 6 and 11, 2015.

Presentation summarizing the results of the two surveys