Rider faculty accepts wage freeze, saves majors and jobs
Rider University will not have to cut any majors after concessions made by the faculty union.
After Rider’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors approving a two-year faculty wage freeze, the plan was ratified on Friday by Lawrence school's board of trustees. The school announced that no majors will be cut and no jobs will be eliminated.
Rider University President Gregory G. Dell’Omo and Rider AAUP President Bryan Spiegelberg in a joint statement said the agreement gives greater flexibility in managing instructional costs and creates a climate in which collaboration on Rider’s longer-term priorities such as strategic planning, development of new program offerings, recruitment and retention initiatives and ongoing evaluation of all academic programs can be accomplished successfully.
“As the result of our strong collaboration, together we were able to reach an agreement that achieves meaningful savings for the University, while preserving the academic majors and associated positions.” said Dell’Omo.
Thirteen majors were targeted to be cut along with 20 positions, including 14 full-time faculty members.
According to its website, the union's executive committee considered the agreement "the best deal we can achieve through negotiations with this administration while warning that the vote the best deal we can achieve through negotiations with this administration."
The committee also said that the deal "includes elements that weaken some of the significant protections that the current (union agreement) affords to the bargaining unit."
Union president Robert Spiegelberg told the Times of Trenton that the faculty at the private college does not believe that the financial picture is as bleak as portrayed by Dell'omo, who has only been in office since August. Dell'omo said the school, before the concessions, faced a $7 million deficit because of reduced freshman enrollment.