No-Confidence Vote at Fordham

April 21, 2017

Faculty members at Fordham University voted no confidence this week in Father Joseph M. McShane, president, over what they’ve called “draconian” proposed cuts to their health care benefits. Other concerns include the university’s alleged refusal to discuss pay raises until the faculty accepts changes to their health care, the state of shared governance and the university’s opposition to a proposed part-time faculty union affiliated with Service Employees International Union. Some 488 of 611 eligible faculty members participated, with 431 voting no confidence.

Fordham’s Board of Trustees promptly passed a resolution expressing full confidence in McShane. In a separate statement, the board took responsibility for some of the issues at play, saying it had directed the administration to reduce the rate of increase in health-insurance costs and the size of faculty salary increases. Faculty members have received a salary increase every year of McShane’s tenure, it said, “and at his insistence.”

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