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Nevada State College And The Nevada Faculty Alliance Move Towards Collective Bargaining

NSC Academic Faculty Members begin Collaborative Conversation with NSC Administrators

Las Vegas,Nevada (PR MediaRelease) March 6, 2019

75% of academic faculty members at Nevada State College expressed support for collective bargaining at their institution in a Card Drop campaign conducted by the Nevada Faculty Alliance (NFA). The intention of NFA leaders at NSC is to form collaborative partnerships with NSC stakeholders to advance student success and professional standards; to expand and maintain the institution‘s best practices. They point to a growing body of data that shows a strong relationship among faculty unionism, student completion rates, faculty retention, and institutional efficiency.

Both NSC administrative leadership and NFA leadership have been collaborative and cooperative in discussing faculty concerns and solutions, along with the potential for collective bargaining. Dr. Leila Pazargadi, the NFA president at NSC, explains “much of what motivated this effort was a desire to maintain what’s special about NSC during an era of rapid expansion. Academic faculty are exploring the question of collective bargaining to determine if it is the right fit for our campus and the most strategic for addressing larger concerns.  Should faculty vote to collectively bargain, we hope to work with NSC’s administrative leadership to model a new, solutions-oriented paradigm of bargaining that not only amicably promotes equity and faculty interests, but also works to enhance our dynamic campus culture.” Dr. Shari Lyman, the statewide NFA president, notes “when our northern schools began their collective bargaining efforts, there was little institutional knowledge in Nevada about how best to bargain in higher education. We’ve had our own challenges at CSN and are seeking to overcome jurisdictional confusion – among NSHE and the state legislature – with clarifying legislation.” Faculty and administrative leaders are all thoughtfully concerned about the future of funding and governance of higher education.

Pursuant to Regent Code Section 4, NFA submitted a Representative Application for the Academic Faculty unit at Nevada State College (NSC). The Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) verified the application allowing the Board of Regents to instruct the American Arbitration Association to initiate an election. NFA represents faculty members at all eight NSHE institutions. NSC would join Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, and the College of Southern Nevada as the fourth institution to host a bargaining unit in Nevada.

NSC NFA is pleased and excited to explore this question as a campus community.

The Nevada Faculty Alliance (NFA) is the independent statewide association representing faculty at all eight NSHE institutions. The organization advocates for student success by empowering faculty to be wholly engaged in the missions of our public colleges and universities. NFA advocates for shared-governance of higher education – recognizing earnest collaboration amongst students, faculty, administrators, and community partners is the best mechanism for improving the state of higher education in Nevada.

Anton McParland
Nevada Faculty Alliance

7026019073
anton.mcparland@nevadafacultyalliance.org

 
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