Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Administrative Ultimatum Rejected by Faculty Association
Headlines in the press (like the one in the Southern and in the administration press release) read rather differently than the title of this post, saying something like "Faculty Reject Administrative Offer". But what the administration has presented is a "last, best, and final" offer. "Ultimatum" is Latin for "last, best, and final offer". (Trust me, I teach Latin.) Both sides will put out more details on their positions, and you'll likely find things to agree and disagree about with what both sides say. But the single most important thing to keep in mind is that the administration is now putting forward demands, while the FA is putting forward proposals. That is, the FA is willing to negotiate in good faith, still. The administration, if it was ever willing to negotiate in good faith, isn't willing to negotiate at all right now. They are only interested in imposing their own terms.