Inside Higher Ed reports a tale of a woman who was offered a position at Nazareth College in Rochester NY. She submitted a list of requests including more salary, a delayed start and guarantees of maternity leave.
In my view the totality sounds excessive, but that is what you do in a negotiation. You start with your most expansive list...the other side can't be expected to give you MORE*.
Normally the College would come back with a sharply abbreviated list like "No on everything except maternity leave. Oh and maybe a quarter of the salary request."
After a little back and forth....the candidate decides if she can live with the terms.
In this case, Nazareth College simply rescinded the offer.
This seems very strange and complete weak-sauce to me. Not to mention rude.
You folks ever heard of an offer of a tenure track job being rescinded during negotiations?
*unless you are dealing with some seriously committed DFH types.