AAUP COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CONGRESS

The AAUP-CBC supports unionization as the most effective means for academic employees to protect shared governance and academic freedom, to uphold professional standards and values, and to promote higher education as an investment in our common future.

AAUP Updates

Ballots for the 2014 national officer and council elections have been tallied. Wright State University professor Rudy Fichtenbaum has been elected to another term as president of the AAUP. 

This spring, for the first time in its 35-year history, the Portland State University AAUP chapter voted to strike. Instead, on the scheduled strike date of April 16, chapter members found themselves celebrating a 97 percent ratification vote for a new contract.

We heartily congratulate AAUP collective bargaining chapters at the University of Cincinnati, Portland State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, who have reached agreements with their administrations in recent weeks, in each case following prolonged negotiations.

AAUP brief urges the NLRB to look closely at claims that private-college faculty have too much managerial power to have collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Developments in recent decades—diversion of resources to administration, ballooning of contingent positions, and runaway spending on athletics—signal that our colleges and universities are losing focus on their academic missions.

AAUP & AAUP-CBC in the News

Thu, 04/17/2014  |  MPBN News
Thu, 04/17/2014  |  Inside Higher Ed
Tue, 04/15/2014  |  Oregon State Daily Barometer
Tue, 04/15/2014  |  Richmond Times-Dispatch
Mon, 04/14/2014  |  Inside Higher Ed

Contract at Portland State

This spring, for the first time in its 35-year history, the Portland State University AAUP chapter voted to strike. Instead, on the scheduled strike date, chapter members found themselves celebrating a 97 percent ratification vote for a new contract.

The contract includes several hard-fought gains, including the provision of two-and three-year contracts to many more full-time, non-tenure track faculty than the PSU administration had ever been willing to even discuss; a significant increase in the universal minimum pay for faculty and academic professionals; a mechanism to start a campus conversation about better incorporating goals and benchmarks for academic quality into university planning and a much better pay package than had been envisaged given the administration’s crisis talk of a $15 million “structural deficit” for a unit perennially in the tenth percentile on pay.

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Contract at University of Cincinnati

The agreement came after eleven and a half months of bargaining. For months, the gulf between the administration’s proposals—which amounted to a “give-back contract”—and chapter proposals was huge. Most contentious was the administration’s plan to double, triple, or quadruple faculty health care costs, depending on salary level. Over the last two weeks, however, the dam finally broke and fruitful discussions began at a rapid pace, in no small part due to a planned board meeting protest and an escalating public pressure campaign.

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Strike Averted at UIC

After almost two years of collective bargaining, the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty has successfully negotiated a tentative agreement on labor contracts for tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty. The settlement was not an easy one and required a two-day work stoppage, the threat of an open-ended strike, an appeal for binding arbitration, and massive email and social media pressure. Many aspects of faculty work life and professional conditions are dramatically improved under the new agreement. Contract details are embargoed until voted on by union members.

Read more on the UIC United Faculty website.

Welcome UNH Lecturers!

We have great news to share—there’s a new AAUP union in New Hampshire. Lecturers at the University of New Hampshire voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionization, with 141 lecturers casting ballots in favor of being represented by the UNH Lecturers United AAUP.

The faculty volunteers on the organizing committee have laid the foundations for a strong, member-run union at a time when faculty at colleges and universities need the protections of collective bargaining more than ever,  says Howard Bunsis, chair of the AAUP-Collective Bargaining Congress.

The AAUP-CBC and the AAUP support a voice in the workplace and economic security for all faculty.

New Department of Chapter and Conference Services

A new Department of Chapter and Conference Services has launched in the national AAUP office. The department aims to establish regular contact with AAUP chapters; provide support and guidance to members, chapters, and state conferences; and advise chapters on day-to-day business issues.