Letters to the Editor

Letter: UA faculty deserve a fair contract

As a proud graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2020 and a current graduate student, I am outraged by University of Alaska President Pat Pitney’s failure to settle a contract with the faculty union.

UA faculty have worked tirelessly to keep the three universities running through severe budget cuts, program closures and a global pandemic, all while keeping the needs and interests of students first. It’s appalling that these same individuals have only had a 1% raise in the past six years.

Our state depends on the education and research our public universities provide. By continuing to deny UA faculty a contract they deserve, the UA Board of Regents and President Pat Pitney risk jeopardizing the education of future generations and the overall well-being of the state we are all lucky to call home. We cannot afford for our world-class faculty to leave Alaska, because students will surely follow.

I call on the Regents and President Pitney to direct their bargaining team to settle the contract with UA faculty. Alaska needs it.

— Alex Jorgensen


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