Mercy College Collective Bargaining
This site serves as a resource for information regarding Mercy’s collective bargaining with SEIU as well as for information on support and benefits for adjunct faculty. The College is committed to being transparent in this process, sharing the bargaining session updates as we move forward in reaching a fair contract for our students, faculty and College.
Collective Bargaining Session Updates
Center for Teaching and Learning
Mercy College provides professional development to all faculty (without distinction between full-time and part-time) across all schools and disciplines in various forms. To learn more about the resources that the Center for Teaching and Learning provides visit their dedicated webpage at: https://www.mercy.edu/academics/faculty-resources/center-teaching-and-learning.
Mercy College provides Blackboard training and support for all of full-time and part-time Faculty.
Click here to learn more: https://www.mercy.edu/academics/faculty-resources/blackboard-resources-faculty
Click here to use the Online Scheduler, Calendly, which describes each of the Blackboard Workshops from Basic to more Advanced Topics: https://calendly.com/blackboardtraining
Mercy College Libraries provide pivotal support to all faculty both full-time and part-time.
Mercy College Libraries offer support to faculty in all areas of their scholarly endeavors - teaching, scholarship, and service. We provide information literacy sessions as requested, both general and course-specific, support for your publishing, as well as collaborate on best outcomes for students. Additionally, we provide collection development support for adequate and current curricula needs.
To learn more about these resources visit: https://libguides.mercy.edu/faculty-support
As a Mercy College employee, your wellbeing is always the upmost of importance to us, we are pleased to announce that you now have the following benefits available to you! Many of these benefits can be added at any point in the year, and include:
Identity Theft Protection
Available from Allstate, this benefit offers much more than just monitoring your credit – from monitoring online activity, financial transactions to online activity and more.
We’ve partnered up with Shipt to offer a safe and convenient way for employees to get their groceries and necessities delivered on demand. Employees will receive a 50% discount on their annual Shipt membership and free shipping on all orders of $35 or more.
Available through ScriptSave WellRx Premier, employees have access to a free pharmacy discount program that allows you to receive discounts for you, your loved ones (furry 4-legged friends too) on a wide variety of prescriptions with savings averaging 60% and can even be 80% or more.
Tax Preparation Discount
TurboTax is one of the most used online tax preparation service, we are pleased to announce as a Mercy employee, you now have access to specialized savings to prepare your taxes this year, be sure to access TurboTax via the Shops & Offers so that the discount is applied on your tax filing this year.
Auto, Home & Renters Insurance
We offer several insurance plans at discounted rates with Liberty Mutual and Bristol West Auto Insurance Companies. You can find exclusive rates that are available just for Mercy College employees for Auto, Home, Renters, Boat, RV and even Condo coverage.
You also have access to pet insurance from Nationwide Pet Insurance as well, which provides you with 50%,70% or 90% reimbursement based on the tier of coverage you select and can cover cats, dogs, avian and exotic pets too! Pet insurance covers the unexpected expenses (emergencies, etc.) but also planned expenses too such as flea/tick, routine visits/immunizations and more!
Enrollment in Employee Benefits
Employees can enroll in three easy ways:
1) Follow the above link to the dedicated page
2) Visit www.PetsNationwide.com, then enter our organization name and you will be redirected to the dedicated webpage
3) Or call 877-738-7874, and mention that you are an employee of Mercy College, and you will receive a discount on your policy
The ID# to sign up is: 99032075
For Staff and Students:
Click "Apple in Education", and search for "Mercy College" via the "Shop for your School" button
When did Mercy begin bargaining with the SEIU?
The College has been working with adjunct faculty members and union representatives from the SEIU to negotiate a contract to set forth their terms and conditions of employment since October 2019. Mercy has met with the adjunct faculty and the union 19 times since discussions began and continues to negotiate in good faith to reach a timely agreement. However, this is typically a lengthy process. Not only is this process inherently difficult and time-consuming, but it has coincided with the COVID-19 global pandemic.
What is collective bargaining?
When a union wins a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election to represent a defined group of employees, it is granted the right to bargain with the employer. By law the employer can no longer deal directly with the employees regarding terms and conditions of employment; instead, it must deal exclusively with the union as the bargaining representative for the employees. Collective bargaining is the negotiating process by which wages, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment are established in a unionized workplace
How long does bargaining take?
The bargaining process between colleges and unions is inherently difficult and time-consuming, especially when negotiations are over the first contract for a newly organized bargaining unit. Studies have shown that most first contracts take more than a year to negotiate, and sometimes they can take several years, particularly for large groups of employees with diverse backgrounds and work duties. One nearby example of this is the adjunct faculty contract at Pace University, which took more than four years to negotiate.
Is Mercy anti-union?
No, Mercy College is not anti-union. The College has bargained successfully for more than twenty years and has a cordial relationship with UAW 2110 representing our non-management staff.
Is Mercy prolonging the bargaining process?
No, Mercy is not responsible for dragging out the bargaining process. Unlike the SEIU Mercy College has never walked away from the bargaining table. Since negotiations began, Mercy has exchanged proposals on over 30 issues and topics, many of which have been memorialized in written and signed appropriate tentative agreements. In addition to these agreements, the College continues to seek compromises on important remaining issues through mutual exchanges of revised counterproposals. These actions show the College is committed to this process and reaching an initial contract. Contracts between colleges and unions as a norm tend to take time.
Does Mercy offer Professional Development Support to adjunct faculty?
Through bargaining, the College has offered to establish and manage a dedicated professional development fund for adjuncts for stipends to participate in activities relating to their teaching such as course redesign and pedagogy-related projects. In addition, the College’s current Faculty Development grants program makes grant awards to faculty, whether full-time or part-time, to advance scholarship, research, and related pursuits (e.g., a project in the arts by a faculty member in an arts-related discipline).
Does Mercy offer Blackboard training and support to adjunct faculty?
Yes, the College is committed to ensuing all faculty has support to Blackboard resources and training and has created a multitude of trainings designed to help faculty. Click here to learn more: https://www.mercy.edu/academics/faculty-resources/blackboard-resources-faculty
Does Mercy offer voluntary benefits to adjunct faculty?
Yes, Mercy offers several voluntary benefits for adjunct faculty which can be found under the Voluntary Benefits section on this webpage.
Do faculty salaries impact the tuition students pay?
Yes. Mercy remains committed to its mission of providing an exceptional education to students while still maintaining one of the lowest tuitions of any private college in the region. The College’s administration works diligently to manage expenses and meet the goal of maintaining compensation levels and general working conditions that are competitive with what our non-profit, private college peer institutions are providing. Student tuition is used for a wide variety of College services, activities, and resources. These not only include costs associated with offering each class, but also include expenses directly related to the classroom experience (including faculty salaries, classroom technology, and any course-specific supplies) as well as expenses related to supporting students’ academic experience (including tutoring, PACT, health and wellness services, and student life activities), and expenses related to operational costs of the College (including rent and maintenance).
Are Mercy adjunct salaries competitive with peer institutions?
Yes. Mercy’s goal is to maintain compensation levels and general working conditions that are competitive with what private college peer institutions are providing. However, it is important to note that Mercy is dedicated to ensuring that students have access to an affordable education and therefore carefully manages its expenditures to provide one of the lowest tuitions of any private college in the region. Some institutions of higher education in our area have tuition rates more than double those that Mercy students pay. Even with a lower tuition, Mercy is committed to providing students with similar resources and intends to be as competitive as possible to attract adjunct faculty who can deliver high quality educational experiences to our students.