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.

  • Through the One Faculty campaign, AAUP staff, leaders, and members are working together to develop tools that faculty can use on our campuses to gain concrete improvements in job security and working conditions for faculty on contingent appointments.

  • The AAUP-CBC Spring Regional Meeting will be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 18th.

  • The current issue focuses on reclaiming the narrative of higher education by improving faculty voice and giving professors a larger say in choosing institutional leadership. 

  • The AAUP has turned 100! Over the next two years, we will celebrate the Association’s work to defend academic freedom and look ahead to the next century.

  • AAUP members will meet in Los Angeles, California on January 31 to share experiences and to brainstorm new strategies for building faculty power and leverage on their campuses.

AAUP & AAUP-CBC Updates

National Labor Relations Board decision significantly expands the right of employees, including faculty at private institutions, to use their employers' e-mail systems for union organizing.

Rudy Fichtenbaum wrote a letter to  the president of the Board of Governors University of Puerto Rico expressing the AAUP's support for the efforts currently being undertaken by the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors (APPU) to achieve collective bargaining for the faculty at the university.

The AAUP commends the University of Oregon faculty senate on its stand against the administration’s attempt to subvert faculty governance and weaken academic standards as means to undermine a potential Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation's strike.

The AAUP's Committee on Teaching, Research, and Publications has developed a survey, and urges you to provide us with information about your institution and your experience with faculty teaching evaluations.

Show your support for restoring colleges and universities as a public good by signing the AAUP Centennial Declaration.

AAUP & AAUP-CBC in the News

Wed, 12/17/2014  |  Inside Higher Ed
Tue, 12/16/2014  |  Inside Higher Ed
Tue, 12/16/2014  |  University Business
Mon, 12/15/2014  |  Inside Higher Ed
Thu, 12/11/2014  |  University of Southern Maine Free Press

Reclaiming Rutgers

On Friday December 5, the Rutgers University Senate overwhelmingly passed the following resolution endorsing the AAUP Centennial Declaration. The resolution states:

"Whereas, the Senate is deeply concerned with the weakening of shared governance and the growth of the corporate model of the university, with its proliferation of highly paid administrators and concomitant marginalization of the faculty; and

Whereas,the Senate is also deeply concerned with the lack of government support for public higher education, which has led to large increases in the cost of attendance at public colleges and universities, large increases in the level of student debt, and the limitation of access for poor and working class students.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Rutgers University Senate endorses the AAUP’s Centennial Declaration, which consists of the following ten statements."

UIUC Unity Rally

Members at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign came together on September 11 to support their non-tenure-track colleagues (and new union members!) at a Unity Rally!

AAUP Supports Oregon Teaching Fellows

AAUP-Oregon members and staff show their solidarity with striking University of Oregon grad fellows. 

CBC Webinars

The AAUP and the AAUP-CBC have developed online training webinars for members. Each webinar includes a presentation with a slideshow and a question-and-answer session with the presenter.

Members now have access to previous webinars, including recordings, presentation slides, and handouts. Topics covered include: arbitration, faculty handbooks, working with the media, how to obtain pertinent information, contingent appointments and faculty governance, and more. 

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A Powerful Faculty Weapon

"In a Fight for More Funds, Professors Quantify Colleges’ Neglect of Instruction" explains how AAUP budget analyses by AAUP-CBC Chair Howard Bunsis and AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum have emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending.

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