FAIRBANKS(AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a three-year contract with its adjuncts' union Monday.
The contract, which includes a 10 precent pay increase, takes effect immediately. It replaces the union's first contract, which expired Dec. 31.
United Academic Adjuncts, which represents up to 1,100 part-time university faculty statewide, ratified the contract in March.
Adjunct faculty teach part time, up to 15 credits per semester, and are paid by the class or credit. They do not receive health insurance, retirement or other benefits.
Under the old contract, the adjuncts received $770 to $899 per credit, depending on the length of time they taught at the university.
By the last year of the new contract, that amount becomes $850 to $992.
Other terms of the contract include a discount on parking fees and a change in the way adjuncts accrue tuition waivers.
Adjunct faculty receive a free credit for every credit they teach. The old contract required them to use those credits the same semester they were earned. The new contract allows adjuncts to bank up to 12 credits.
Adjuncts will also be allowed to purchase health insurance under the new contract, though the university won't subsidize the premium.
The contract also defines a process for resolving conflicts resulting from scheduling and class cancellation.
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