A tentative contract agreement has been reached between Mercy College and SEIU Local 200 United, representing adjunct faculty members. the agreement puts an end to a strike threat.
The union, which was seeking its first contract for adjunct faculty members, had scheduled a strike for Monday, May 2. This would have affected Mercy’s campuses in Dobbs Ferry, the Bronx and Manhattan. The union had been looking for a contract for about two years.
The union said in a statement: “The tentative agreement, which is subject to final approval by members in a secret ballot vote, includes a pay rise, a tuition rebate for families, a longevity and signing bonus and more stability for adjunct professors who teach course by course.
The union thanked adjunct faculty, students and others who supported efforts to reach a contract.
U.S. Representative Jamal Bowman, who attended Mercy, was quoted by the union as saying, “Today is a big win for SEIU Local 200 as they got better pay, more benefits and more stability for their workers. When we say we’re stronger together, that’s really what we mean. I was proud to support SEIU Local 200 in their demands before, and I’m even prouder to stand with them now as we continue to fight and win for our workers, their families and unions in general.
The union also quoted Westchester County Executive George Latimer as saying: “A tentative agreement with the college and the first union contract is significant progress and progress that everyone should be very proud of. I am happy to hear that there will be no strike on Monday and that adjunct faculty will continue to do the excellent work the college is known for.