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Updated – Working without a contract, Kendall Faculty Association takes action to challenge Ferris Board of Trustees

October 6, 2017

(Thanks to Sarah Doherty for the updated information and for sharing the video posted here at the end.)

Earlier today, several dozen members of the Kendall College Faculty Association and 20 additional community supporters held an informational picket today. The action was called by the Kendall Faculty Association, which has been operating without a contract.

In addition, Kendall College faculty are amongst the lowest paid for a four-year public college in Michigan. This of course is all happening while the annual compensation for the four-person administration has a total cost in excess of $600,000.

We interviewed several of the faculty members about their action and what they are asking for. The first interview wis with the president of the faculty union, Adam.

There are more specific issues that the faculty at Kendall are dealing with such as the fact that they do not have a pension plan and they already pay for a portion of their health plan. These kinds of policies have historically been used to try to break unions.

We also interviewed Stefanie, another member of the Kendall faculty.

The third person we spoke with is also with the Kendall faculty and has been teaching at the college for 16 years.

Just before 11:00am, faculty members and community supporters entered the building, since the board of the college was meeting. People went in with signs and stood in the back of the room while the board members began their meeting. Some of the members of the Kendall Faculty Association were planning on addressing the board, but unfortunately, this writer had to leave and was unable to stay for that portion of group’s action.

The video below is Kendall Professor Deb Rockman addressing the administration board. Rockman was speaking on behalf of the Kendall Faculty Association. After her comments the demonstrators left the meeting and reconvened on the sidewalks outside of the KCAD federal building. They chanted under the window of the second floor room where the board was meeting, and continued  to hand out fliers to people walking by.

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