By Josh Brokaw After more than 30 bargaining sessions over 17 months, Ithaca College and the Ithaca College Contingent Faculty Union agreed on a first contract in the last hour of Sunday, March 26. The two-day strike planned by the faculty union for March 28 and 29 was called off. The final bargaining session started at 1 p.m. on March 26 and lasted past 11 p.m. Tweets and Facebook posts announcing what the faculty union calls a victory started trickling online around midnight. Support more…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Contingent Faculty Get A Contract”

By Josh Brokaw The Ithaca College contingent faculty union is planning a strike and has filed federal charges of illegal union busting activity by the IC administration. After a bargaining session held on March 8 and another, emergency, session the morning of Thursday, March 9. A tweet by the @ICContingent Twitter account sent early Thursday afternoon said “We have seen no movement whatsoever from the administration. We will #strike on March 28th and 29th.” Read More: Feb 15: Ithaca College Faculty Authorizes Strike March 2:…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Union Plans Strike, Alleges Union Busting by IC Admin”

By Josh Brokaw Since Truthsayers last checked on the first contract battle between Ithaca College’s administration and its contingent faculty union, the two parties have come a bit closer on key proposals while tensions over tactics have increased. On Monday, Feb. 20, and Friday, Feb. 24, contingent faculty members of SEIU Local 200, members of other local unions, and other folks demonstrated by Ithaca College’s entrance and marched onto campus in actions organized by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center. Support more Truthsaying reporting with a…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Admin, Faculty Union Ramp Up Pressure in Negotiating Fight”

By Josh Brokaw Members of the Ithaca College faculty union voted to authorize any action up to and including a strike on Tuesday, Feb. 14, as the union continues to negotiate a first contract with the Ithaca College administration. The bargaining committee for Ithaca College’s chapter of SEIU Local 200 is made up of 10 instructors who are hired either on a part-time (semester-long) and full-time contingent (year-long) contract basis. Part-time faculty voted to join SEIU 200 in May 2015; the full-time contingent faculty joined…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike, Questions Contracts Going Unrenewed”

Ithaca media had an email in their inboxes on Tuesday morning announcing that Ithaca College’s part-time and full-time contingent faculty union is going to hold a strike authorization vote on Feb. 13 and 14. A majority vote to authorize the strike would give the faculty’s bargaining committee, made up of about 10 members, the power to call a strike. Negotiations with Ithaca College administrators are next scheduled for Feb. 21 and Feb. 24. The authorization vote doesn’t mean “there would be a date set” for…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Faculty Call Strike Authorization Vote”

Ithaca College students are back on campus, but some of their professors might not be teaching courses all the spring semester long. Winter break came and went without Ithaca College part-time and full-time contingent faculty signing a contract with the IC administration. The part-time faculty, who currently sign individual one semester contracts for $4,200 per course, have been negotiating with administration since November 2015 for a union contract; the full-time contingent faculty – that is, those who now work on one-year contracts – voted to…Continue Reading “Tenured Ithaca College Faculty Signal Support for Possible Strike”

By Josh Brokaw Ithaca College faculty members rallied at the South Hill’s campus Free Speech Rock on Wednesday, Oct. 19 to demand that the college’s trustees, who were having dinner inside the Emerson Suites, give them a fair contract. Ithaca College’s part-time faculty, who re-up their contracts semester to semester, voted to join SEIU Local 200 Faculty Forward in May 2015; the full-time contingent, who re-up every year, joined them in April 2016. The two groups are bargaining as one, and walked out of negotiations…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Faculty Union Wants Action [Mostly Photos!]”

Writers, like most people, like to be noticed once in a while. Sit or stand at a keyboard all day in a quiet room, and even a misspelled email in ALL CAPS informing one of gross incompetence and grammar mistakes can be a comfort: “Well, at least somebody is reading,” the writer thinks. Those writers who have come to Ithaca over the past 15 years through the City of Asylum program experienced a heavier sort of critical attention in their home countries. Your average letter-writer…Continue Reading “Voices For Freedom Speak In Ithaca”