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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


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

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, who recently quit working at Brennan’s, one of Sodexo’s restaurants on campus, discussed the workfl...

Students mobilize against budget cuts

Students mobilize against budget cuts

Lindsay Freed and Lee Hughes

March 1, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

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 after cuts were made to humanities programs, including the loss of lecturer positions in classi...

New president’s salary brings unease

New president’s salary brings unease

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

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 base salary will be $480,000, and he will earn $50,000 in deferred compensation and $100,00...

Students, stand up with United Academics

Students, stand up with United Academics

Letter to the Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

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 and Sciences are not being renewed, with 10 more receiving drastically reduced hours. Additionally, m...

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


Filed under Campus, News

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 co-chair of the presidential search committee, announced the meetings in an email to the University...

Deal reached between United Academics and UVM

Deal reached between United Academics and UVM

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 3, 2018


Filed under News, Vermont

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 had been approved by the union. The announcement came three weeks after both the University and...

Faculty union and University reach tentative agreement over contracts

Faculty union and University reach tentative agreement over contracts

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

May 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Vermont

After nearly a year of negotiations,  UVM has announced it reached a tentative agreement on new contracts with the faculty union United Academics. UA has been in negotiations with the University since June 2017, according to an October 2017 Cynic article. It represents roughly 850 full-time and pa...

Music chair resigns seat after 12 classes are cut

Music chair resigns seat after 12 classes are cut

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under Headliners, News

Following several cuts to music and dance courses, department chair D. Thomas Toner stepped down from his position Nov. 10. The cuts come following an email sent to Toner from the office of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Nov. 8. “The cuts happened to us because we have a lot of part-t...

Faculty negotiations halt: A month later, United Academics and UVM Administration contract talks remain at impasse

Faculty negotiations halt: A month later, United Academics and UVM Administration contract talks remain at impasse

Brandon Arcari, Assistant Breaking News Editor

October 22, 2017


Filed under Headliners, News, Showcase

UVM’s faculty union United Academics has been in a deadlock with the University over a contract dispute about salaries since Sept. 11. The union, which represents roughly 850 full and part-time faculty members, re-negotiates their contract with the University every three years. “After a p...

Burlington teachers strike and garner UVM support

Burlington teachers strike and garner UVM support

Brandon Arcari, Breaking News Assistant Editor

September 19, 2017


Filed under News

Teachers in Burlington are striking over disputes in contracts ending Sept. 1 with the school board voting to impose a contract that teachers view as unfair. The strike closed schools both Thursday and Friday over the imposition of a new contract that reportedly provides an annual raise of $1,700 a...

President of UVM faculty union steps down

President of UVM faculty union steps down

Kelsey Neubauer, Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

A new president has been chosen to lead UVM’s faculty union. Associate Professor Felicia Kornbluh officially stepped down from her position as president of United Academics, UVM’s faculty union, Aug. 24, according to a Sept. 3 press release. Associate professor John Forbes has been appointed...

Professors criticize university budget plan

Professors criticize university budget plan

March 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

Faculty members are concerned departments may not get the resources they need due to UVM’s new incentive-based budgeting system. Incentive-based budgeting was developed in 2014 to combat the problems of the former budget model, which included “lack of transparency, little flexibility and few...

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