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UVM faculty union and administration reach impasse during budget cuts negotiations

Street signs outside the Davis Center point students and visitors towards different campus buildings outside the Davis Center.
Staff Report October 27, 2020

Facing a nearly $10 million deficit, UVM is looking to cut faculty salaries and benefits in their latest contract proposal.  However, UVM’s faculty union is sounding the alarm, saying these cuts...

Admin reverses faculty pay cuts after months of community outcry

The Waterman building located on the corner of South Prospect Street and College Street stands with nobody around it, Sept. 30. Waterman is the largest academic building on campus.
Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor October 7, 2020

UVM has reversed faculty pay and workload cuts originally issued in the Spring following months of pushback from UVM’s faculty and students. The reversal in policy will bring roughly 63 lecturers...

Five key takeaways from the board of trustees’ first meeting

(Left to Right) President Suresh Garimella, Chair Ron Lumbra and Provost Patricia Prelock sit at a board of trustees meeting, Oct. 26.
Staff Report September 30, 2020

UVM will fund police patrols of student neighborhoods despite a $23 million budgetary shortfall from lower levels of student enrollment, the board of trustees decided in their first meeting of the year.  The...

Faculty union and admin release contradictory data

United Academics President Sarah Alexander enters Waterman March 26, 2019 with rally members to deliver the UA petition to the executive offices.
Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor April 3, 2019

The faculty union circulated a flyer at its March 26 rally asserting the University has cherry-picked the data it offered them about funding and enrollment. A March 26 rally on the Waterman Green centered...

Union blocked out of admin office

First-year Jordyn King delivers a speech at the March 26 United Academics rally on the Waterman Green, which was attended by 40 faculty and students. The rally was to support the UA's petition which demands for the reinstatement of two lecturers and support for students who received conduct hearing notices following participation in a Feb. 26 rally hosted by NoNames for Justice.
Emma Pinezich and Lee Hughes April 2, 2019

The faculty union and student activists were locked out of the executive offices when they tried to deliver a petition. United Academics, the faculty union, hosted a 2:30 p.m. March 26 rally on the Waterman...

Faculty union rally locked out of executive offices

United Academics President Sarah Alexander, associate professor of English,  leads a group of protestors across South Prospect Street into the Waterman building to deliver their petition.
Lee Hughes and Emma Pinezich March 26, 2019

The faculty union and student activists were locked out of the executive offices as they tried to deliver their petition to the administration. United Academics, the faculty union, hosted a 2:30 p.m....

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits
Emily Johnston March 8, 2019

Unionizing is unnecessary — it is clear Sodexo tries its best to create a stable, happy work environment for employees and a union would only create more problems on campus. First-year Kathryn Jones,...

Students mobilize against budget cuts

Sophomore Nina Singleton-Spencer sits among students and faculty during the discussion portion of a Feb. 5 United Academics meeting. Students have expressed their frustrations over the College of Arts and Sciences budget changes through posters, memes and protests.
Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes March 1, 2019

In light of budget changes to the College of Arts and Sciences, students have expressed their frustration on campus and online. Students have been hanging posters, posting memes and helping organize protests...

New president’s salary brings unease

President Suresh Garimella delivers an opening statement at his public Q&A February, 14 2019. He will took on the position of president July 1.
Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor February 28, 2019

Suresh Garimella was confirmed as the new University president, but his offered income has raised concerns. Garimella will earn an income of $630,000 a year, according to a Feb. 22 Vermont Digger article. His...

Students, stand up with United Academics

Students, stand up with United Academics
Letter to the Editor February 14, 2019

The John Dewey Lounge was packed Feb. 4 as UVM’s faculty union, United Academics, addressed the crowd of students, teachers and other community members. Two senior lecturers from the College of Arts...

Search for a new University president nears its end

Search for a new University president nears its end
Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor January 26, 2019

As the board of trustees prepares to select the next University president, public meetings will be held in February for the UVM community to weigh in. David Daigle, chair of the board of trustees and...

Deal reached between United Academics and UVM

Cover of the fact finding report between UVM and UA.
Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer June 3, 2018

After 15 months of negotiations, UVM and faculty union United Academics announced that they have reached an agreement on new contracts. UA announced in a May 29 press release that the contract agreement...

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