New School teachers’ strike ends as NYC university agrees to first pay raises in 4 years

New School teachers’ strike ends as NYC university agrees to first pay raises in 4 years

The New School reached a tentative contract agreement with its part-time faculty this weekend, ending a strike that lasted nearly a month.

A joint statement released by the faculty’s union, ACT-United Auto Workers Local 7902, and the New School on Saturday said two highlights of the five-year deal are pay raises and boosts to health care for the workers.

Union leaders said they expect the agreement to be ratified by the group’s 2,400 members later this week — and said all classes and events would resume immediately.

“Now, together, we can return to our mission of teaching, learning, creating and supporting our students,” the statement said.

The agreement comes just in time for the final week of the university’s fall semester.

The part-time teachers — who make up 82% of the university’s teaching staff — had not received a raise in four years. They griped their actual wages had shrunk by 18% over that time due to inflation.


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