Temple Reaches Four-Year Agreement With Faculty Union

Profs could see salaries rise as much as 12.5 percent during contract's span.

Temple University has reached agreement on a four-year contract with its 1,400 full-time faculty members, and professors could see their salaries rise as much as 12.5 percent during the contract span.

PennLive reports:

Along with 1.6 percent annual across-the-board raises, the faculty will be eligible for merit raises for individual performance and for the first time, for their work on creating innovative programs as a departmental group.

This year’s across-the-board raises are retroactive to Jan. 1.

Another change: By the end of the fourth year, Temple will be contributing 7 percent of a non-tenured faculty member’s salary to their pension — nearly equal with the 8 percent it contributes to tenured faculty.

“They were treated as second-class citizens before and now are moving nearer to the status of the rest of the faculty,” said Art Hochner, president of Temple Association of University Professionals.

Temple has seen two faculty strikes in its history, PennLive reported — the last in 1990.