BGSU faculty overwhelmingly approve new contract

4/12/2013
BLADE STAFF

BOWLING GREEN-- The Bowling Green State University faculty union overwhelmingly approved a proposed contract in a vote that ended today.

David Jackson, president of the BGSU Faculty Association, said 97 percent of members who voted supported the contract. It now goes before the university’s board of trustees for approval on May 3.

The contract includes a total retroactive raise of 6.5 percent for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and raises of up to 9 percent over the next three years. It also creates a $1.8 million fund to bring salaries to an average with those at three other Ohio universities.

Mr. Jackson said the union’s support reflects the efforts to include in the contract items the membership most cares about.

“It’s because we negotiated for what people wanted us to negotiate for,” he said. “We were fighting for their core values.”

He pointed to contract language that protects academic freedom and shared governance as well as increased job security for non-tenure track faculty as among the keys.