Contract negotiations have been in the works since June. The chief negotiator for the SOU Faculty Union, Kemble Yates, says they’re asking for an eight and a quarter percent salary increase over three years, one percent more than what administrators think is appropriate.
Yates also says they’re getting stuck on a couple of issues regarding faculty workloads.
Yates says the school went through a trying time in 2014 with retrenchment, a no confidence vote in top administrators, and a declining enrollment rate. But now that the situation on campus has improved, the faculty believes they should get a better contract.
A mediation session will be held later this month or early next year. It will be facilitated by the state’s employment relations board.