An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Hold UVM Accountable, #ChopFromTheTopUVM

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I am writing to ask you to speak out publicly against the UVM administration’s regressive actions against its educators, and to hold all state dollars and relief funds from them until UVM exercises its ability to make progressive cuts and savings that will insulate our most vulnerable educators from the worst, instead of fully shifting the burden onto them as they are now. I’m deeply concerned that the UVM administration is exploiting the global pandemic to enact highly regressive cuts and policy changes. I was shocked to learn that the several dozen UVM executives have taken no pay cut at all prior to cutting all Part-Time faculty and cutting full-time NTT faculty pay down by a full 25%. These are beloved educators and researchers doing essential work that students the world over travel to Vermont for and in-state students rely upon. A sudden 25% cut will reduce some faculty to below the state liveable wage and will have a particularly damaging impact on single parents and single wage-earner households. In fact, this could force many faculty onto taxpayer-funded unemployment benefits. The UVM Full-Time Contract states that, “The standard appointment is 9 months at 1.0 FTE [full-time equivalency].” UVM lecturers rely on this standard and reasonably expect to receive 100% of their salary, not 75%. Given that the average salary of UVM Lecturers and Senior Lecturers is just over $61,000, a 25% cut has a drastic effect on faculty members, putting many below the state’s own calculated liveable wage. President Garimella is claiming that cutting faculty from a 100% of workload and pay to 75% “isn’t a pay cut.” That is fiction. UVM’s faculty and staff work hard to help students become conscientious citizens. Their dedication under the difficult conditions of the spring must be honored. As a land-grant institution, UVM has a duty to sustain and support our communities. The inequity of the administration’s plans in a time of crisis undermines this commitment and Vermont’s communities. Thank you for your service to our state in this time of great need! #ChopFromTheTopUVM #WeAreEssentialUVM

First sent on May 8, 2020 by Joanna

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