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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 502         FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1086

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

David B. Sullivan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to maintain faculty and college excellence in the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

James T. Welch

Hampden

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 502        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1086

By Mr. Sullivan of Fall River, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1086) of David B. Sullivan and others for legislation to maintain faculty and college excellence in the Commonwealth.  Higher Education. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1244 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to maintain faculty and college excellence in the Commonwealth.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, each public institution of higher education shall, beginning in 2014, and in each succeeding year, subject to collective bargaining with the exclusive representatives of the full time and part time faculty at the public institution of higher education, increase the share of courses taught by full time tenure and tenure track faculty, such that by 2019 at least seventy five percent of undergraduate courses offered on each campus of each public institution of higher education for three or more credits shall be taught by tenured or tenure track faculty; provided, however, that the Board of Higher Education and the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees shall request, as part of their annual budget request, the appropriate funding to meet the requirements of this section and section seven of this act.

              SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, all part time and adjunct faculty shall, subject to collective bargaining with the exclusive representatives of the full time and part time faculty at the public institution of higher education, receive pay that is equal, on a pro rata basis, with that of full time non-tenure track faculty of comparable qualifications doing comparable work.

              SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, a part time or other non-tenure track faculty member at a public institution of higher education carrying at least fifty percent of the established teaching load of tenure track faculty over the course of a twelve month calendar year, shall be eligible for the same healthcare benefits as tenure track faculty members.

              SECTION 4. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, a part time or non-tenure track faculty member employed at a public institution of higher education shall be eligible for participation in the retirement plans available to tenure track faculty members at that public institution of higher education.

              SECTION 5. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, each public institution of higher education shall establish a process under which part time and other non-tenure track faculty, after successful completion of a probationary period, receive timely notice of and priority consideration, consistent with other institutional and state policies, for part time and non-tenure track teaching assignments. The provisions of this section are subject to collective bargaining between the public institution of higher education and the exclusive representatives of part time and non-tenure track faculty

              SECTION 6. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, each public institution of higher education shall create a process for ensuring that qualified non-tenure track faculty members receive preferential consideration in attaining a tenure track position when one becomes available, consistent with department needs, institutional and state affirmative action, and other personnel policies. This process shall ensure that non-tenure track faculty: (1) accumulate seniority; (2) are notified of job openings prior to the job being posted outside of the institution; and (3) are interviewed during the search and screen process. The provisions of this section are subject to collective bargaining between the public institution of higher education and the exclusive representatives of part time and non-tenure track faculty.

              SECTION 7. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, there shall be created at each public institution of higher education a Faculty Restoration and Equity Fund. In each year subsequent to the passage of this legislation, the state shall make appropriations to the Faculty Restoration and Equity Fund at each public institution of higher education in an amount sufficient to: (1) Advance one-fifth of the way toward meeting the five year goal of increasing the number of undergraduate courses taught by tenure and tenure track faculty members to seventy five percent in each institutional department; and (2) Advance one-fifth of the way toward meeting the five year goal of ensuring that part time and other non-tenure track faculty receive fully comparable pay and benefits to full time tenure and tenure track faculty. These funds shall be used to meet the goals of this legislation.

              SECTION 8. Nothing in this legislation shall be construed to either limit or reduce salaries, benefits or hiring rights in existence at any institution of public higher education at the time this legislation passes into law.

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