On January 28, representatives of Berklee Faculty Union leadership met with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Senior administrators of the College and Conservatory were also in attendance. The two groups met several years ago, and since that time, the Union has sought to establish an ongoing dialogue, in order to share faculty perspective on long-term planning and institutional strategy at Berklee.Read More
Have you visited the Berklee Counseling Center and Health and Wellness Center recently, at 54 and 32 The Fenway? Did you notice that they are not Universally Accessible? The Berklee Faculty Union will be meeting on Thursday with the administration to present our concerns about this situation, and to discuss when the College will make these important offices fully accessible to all. We will be expressing how passionately we feel about this, and that we hope to work together with the College to find solutions.Read More
The Union is pleased to announce that the faculty overwhelmingly voted to ratify the contract. I will be meeting with Roger Brown in the near future to sign the agreement. Retroactive raises are expected in the December 13th check.
I would like to thank the bargaining team for their dedication and hard work in getting this done.
President, Berklee Faculty Union
Berklee Faculty Union statement on faculty contract negotiations with Berklee College of Music: “When will the College address the Union’s proposals?”Read More
Did you know?
In spring 2018, 101 part-time faculty members at Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee taught 16 or more units. In other words, 101 people were teaching at loads similar to full-timers.
In many departments, the number of full time faculty members is insufficient to handle all the required service to the college.
As a result of collective bargaining, 24 part-timers have been converted to full time since 2013.
This is not enough.
In our bargaining with management this summer, we are asking for more conversions. Teachers with job security are more effective, more committed to the college, and – guess what? – happier.
At the first day of bargaining with management, the union was told that Berklee full-time faculty salaries ranked in the top half of peer institutions.
As of Monday, July 16th, the Berklee Faculty Union bargaining team has officially begun meeting with management to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.Read More
The other day I was chatting with a colleague who asked me, “How are things going with the union these days?” and I replied that I was going to be attending the Collective Bargaining in Higher Education Conference in New York City.Read More
I am writing to ask you to participate with me in the Berklee graduation this year. (Please read on!) I continue to make this a priority to the benefit of the students and their families.Read More
Commencement is one of my favorite Berklee activities. It can be a great opportunity to see and socialize with colleagues, and you get to wear incredibly festive regalia.Read More
Faculty members of ETUDE (Enhancing Teaching through an Understanding of Diversity and Equity) are trying to create Safe Allies for students—so they can feel safe reaching out for help and support. Equity Partners volunteer to participate in a professional development training on equity in order to develop the knowledge and skills to ensure that all faculty, staff, and students feel welcome as full members of the Berklee community.Read More
Wednesday, March 28--1:00 p.m–1:50 p.m.: How Faculty Can Identify and Address Relationship Abuse (lunch provided)
Steve Heck Room, 1140 Boylston Street
Who can attend: Faculty
In a session tailored to faculty, participants will learn to identify signs of an abusive relationship, as well as the dynamics of those who are experiencing abuse. This session will also discuss effective ways to support someone experiencing relationship abuse. Please RSVP and indicate meal preference here.
Wednesday, March 28--2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.: How to Identify and Support Positive Relationship Dynamics
Steve Heck Room, 1140 Boylston Street
Who can attend: All students, faculty, and staff
In a session open to the Berklee community, participants will identify characteristics of healthy relationships, including relationships involving intersectional identities. Participants will also learn how to identify the dynamics of abuse and support a friend in an abusive relationship. Please indicate your interest here.
Last week, as a part of our monthly Union/Management meeting, we had a visit from Andrew Murphy, Berklee’s emergency manager.Read More
Fact is, much of what we do at Berklee is NOT cutting-edge; at least not in the way some might think.Read More
On Thursday, November 16th, the Berklee Faculty Union ratified the one-year bargain agreement in a meeting open to all full members.Read More
What is the Janus case and why should you care?Read More
We are happy to announce that the Berklee Faculty Union and Berklee College of Music have reached a tentative contract agreement, subject to the ratification vote of the faculty.Read More
BOSTON — The 600-plus Berklee faculty and 200-plus Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty members will rally on September 1 to show unity in support of a fair contract for Boston Conservatory faculty.Read More