On Wednesday, December 4th, the Senate Faculty of the Religious Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara passed a resolution in support of lecturers across all UC campuses, who are currently entering negotiations on their new labor contract. For the first time, these UC-wide negotiations will be held on UCSB’s campus, and they are open to the public. The time and location of the negotiations are as follows, and the text of the resolution is below.
Thursday December 12 and Friday December 1310am – 4pmHuman Resources Meeting Room (3101)Student Affairs & Administrative Services Building (SAASB)
To: Academic Senate and Department Chairs of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Whereas: Lecturers are essential members of the UC Santa Barbara community and carry out their duties with energy, dedication, and professionalism;
Whereas: the teaching excellence on this campus and across the University of California depends in no small part on these lecturers;
Whereas: lecturers teach over 30% of undergraduate student credit hours on this campus and across the University of California;
Whereas: lecturers provide vital service to this campus and across the University of California in many forms including engaging in Senate committees, curriculum development, and program assessment;
Whereas: these lecturers, represented by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), are currently engaged in bargaining over their next contract;
Be it resolved that: the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB supports the lecturers’ calls for higher wages, compensation for service, and stability of employment and urges the University, in its negotiations with the AFT, to recognize, respect, and reward the vital contributions that lecturers make to our campus community and to the University of California.
Academic Senate Faculty in the Department of Religious Studies at UC-Santa Barbara