PSU Faculty Welcome You Home

Plymouth State has a long, proud tradition of committed teachers working tirelessly with students. We care about our current and former students, and we want you to hear about things at PSU from a perspective other than that of administrators and public relations offices.

The leaders of the university will tell you things are good.

But the PSU administration is dragging contract negotiations out because they insist on paying people less and making them work more.

We think there are some questions you are entitled to ask about the school you support…

PSU faculty salaries are lower than the mean for our comparator institutions, and those salaries have not kept up with inflation for the last five years. How does this help us attract and retain qualified teachers?

When PSU reminds you of all you learned here... ...ask why entire majors have been eliminated despite super-majority votes of the faculty to keep them.
When PSU declares it is doing all it can to deal with a budget crisis... ...ask how many administrators get five-figure bonuses on top of their six-figure salaries.

Spending on wages for upper administration has increased at a greater rate than spending on instruction.

When President Birx talks about innovations and the unique powers of PSU...  ...ask him whether he is the leader or whether the University System and the Board of Trustees really call the shots.
When PSU fills social media with smiling faces... ...ask why we are some of the lowest-paid workers in the University System. 

And when PSU asks you to remember the teachers who most supported you as a student, we hope you will remember — and ask the administration on the teachers’ behalf to treat its employees’ needs with the care and generosity we all know to be the Plymouth spirit.

No staff or faculty work at Plymouth State to get rich.

We would like, though, not to see our wages and benefits sink lower and lower while the cost of living keeps going up.

Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.

PSU Faculty Are Stuck Without a New Contract

For more on the PSU faculty struggle for a fair contract, please see our most recent bargaining update. You may be surprised at how USNH "values" its employees.

Click here to read the update