When the faculty of New York University’s School of Arts and Sciences voted no confidence in President John Sexton and his administration earlier this month, Sexton and the university’s board of trustees dismissed the significance of the non-binding vote and pledged to forge ahead with their controversial expansion plans.
But as the administration now manages a burgeoning scandal over outsize compensation for top administrators, it now appears that the School of Arts and Sciences faculty won’t be the only members of the NYU community to hold a no-confidence vote.
The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Technical Staff Local 3882, which represents roughly a third of the University’s non-academic staff, has announced its intention to hold a vote. In a statement released last week, President Stephen Rechner stressed the discrepancy between administrative salaries and those of the union’s membership.
“The nearly 1,400 NYU staff represented by UCATS are experiencing stagnate wages, unmanageable healthcare costs and a deteriorating quality of work life. The enrichment of those that have, at the cost of those that have less, has been a hallmark of President Sexton’s leadership. The resources required to proceed with the NYU 2031 expansion portends three decades of disinvestment in faculty and support staff who deliver the education for which NYU students pay so dearly.”
Meanwhile, other schools within NYU are also contemplating their own votes. Washington Square News reports that faculty at the Tisch School of the Arts have circulated arguments for and against the move, and expect to decide on whether to vote by the end of the week.