Favorable ratification ends nearly three years of negotiations
PLAINFIELD, Vt.—Goddard College faculty and staff voted overwhelmingly in favor of the terms of new, three-year union contracts. The ratification ends 27 months of negotiations between the College and bargaining units.
“This is a contract that management and labor worked very hard to craft together,” said Goddard College President Robert Kenny. “The process involved a significant commitment from all parties to reach agreement, which is premised on what the College, its faculty and staff need to create a positive working environment and sustainable College,” he said.
The United Auto Workers, Local 2322, represents approximately 90 Goddard College faculty members and 45 college staff members.
The Goddard faculty voted to form a union in November of 1998, and did so with the support of the institution’s Board of Trustees. In keeping with the College’s long-standing commitment to democratic principles, the Board waived its right to legally challenge the collective-bargaining effort.
The Goddard staff voted to join the union in January of 2013 as the institution saw declines in enrollment and faced the specter of staff salary reductions and other austerity measures to reconcile projected budget deficits.
|About Goddard College|
Goddard College was initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vt. The College moved to its current Plainfield campus and was chartered in 1938 by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first U.S. college to offer low-residency adult degree programs, and now offers accredited MA, MFA, BA, and BFA degree programs from Plainfield and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Wash. Goddard’s intensive, low-residency, student-centered model offers the best of on-campus and distance learning, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.