Temple Told To Make Up Faculty Pay The School Must Pay For Teaching Time Made Up After The Strike, The Ruling Says.

Posted: November 20, 1991

A state hearing officer has found that Temple University engaged in an unfair labor practice by denying back pay to professors who made up teaching time lost during last fall's 29-day faculty strike.

In a Nov. 7, ruling made public yesterday, Donald Wallace, a hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, also ordered Temple to pay the professors a portion of their salaries equal to the amount of teaching time they made up.

The faculty union estimates the amount to be about 66 percent of strikers' salaries for the time they were on strike, while the administration puts the figure around 60 percent.

The two sides have until Nov. 27 to appeal the ruling to the full labor board, and both said yesterday that they were considering doing so.

Arthur Hochner, president of the Temple Association of University Professionals, bargaining agent for the faculty, called the ruling "a terrific defeat for Temple and a terrific victory for the union."

Still, he said the union might appeal the decision in order to press its case that professors who made up all of the class time lost during the strike are entitled to 100 percent of their regular pay. A decision on a possible appeal will be announced next week, Hochner said.

Jack E. Freeman, Temple's executive vice president, said the university's trustees would meet tomorrow in closed session to decide on a possible appeal as well.

"On the one hand, the hearing examiner agreed with us that the striking faculty did not fulfill all of their obligations and that we had bargained in good faith," Freeman said.

"But we do not agree with his remedy nor with his assertion that we committed an unfair labor practice," he added.

John B. Langel, a Temple attorney, said the administration wanted a negotiated settlement about back pay. He noted that the union membership last fall rejected a tentative contract settlement that would have given professors makeup pay amounting to 33 percent of their regular salaries.

Under the hearing officer's order, Temple would be required to spend about $2 milion on makeup pay, according to administration estimates.

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