YES VOTE ON THE MOU
If members ratify the MOU, we will not be able to meaningfully address pay inequities or healthcare shortcomings until 2027.
Working groups for membership & outreach, financial analysis, revision of Bylaws, documentation of problematic PCR behavior, etc.
Delegates Assembly as a hub for developing union culture within departments.
Shop Floor Activism: Workers organized within their departments promote job security and better working conditions, even when contractual language is weak.
Working groups expand to include needs and priorities for bargaining
Cultivate relationships with the press and other union leaders. Emphasis on difficult conditions faced by contingent faculty.
Protecting Members: If the provost uses new contractual powers to threaten a faculty’s job, we all push back. Admin should expect negative press from weaponizing the MOU language. Use the grievance process to check administrative overreach.
Righting Pay Inequities: A few cases of pay inequity at Pratt are illegal. We can insist Pratt increase those faculty wages extra-contractually.
Start pressuring Pratt to get back to the table, assemble a large bargaining committee, and demand open negotiations. We will not let our contract expire. That was a bad habit.
Spring 2026 - Leadership Elections
Regular rallies and informational pickets with high attendance to put Pratt’s reputation under pressure. Poll membership about a strike. Mobilize students in our fight.
Sept. 1, 2027 - Achieve gains in pay equity including: living wage for part time faculty, retirement, health care for all after two years, admin pay, salary steps, etc.
NO VOTE ON THE MOU
If members reject the MOU, organizing will be high stakes and demanding.
Engage 20-50 faculty as organizers to recruit 200 new members by the fall.
Hold town halls so that we have a new set of proposals by Sept 1. Determine if the goal is a transformational contract or a short term contract, the latter allowing us to speed up the timetable.
Hire a part-time staffer if we have enough dues money. Recruit another 200 members. Regular rallies and informational pickets with high attendance to put Pratt’s reputation under pressure. If Pratt delays, we consider escalating our work actions.
Work with a local lawyer who works primarily on private university labor.
Develop a large bargaining committee and insist that any member must be able to observe negotiations.
Use our new supermajority status and public pressure to get Pratt back to the bargaining table, with pressure to bargain daily.
Thanksgiving 2023 - Poll membership about a strike.
Strike vote authorization by late February planning for an April 1 strike.
Goal: contract achieved by one year from now, with backpay.
If we fall short, past experience of other unions shows us that any gains will be modest and disappointing. If we keep to this herculean organizing timeline, we’ll be looking at a much better deal. The stakes are high.