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 organizing in higher ed—a crucial topic at this time when collective bargaining rights and shared governance are under sustained attack, faculty appointments without tenure or other protections for academic freedom have become the norm, and the quality of US higher education is in jeopardy.

  • 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

The chapter will focus on increasing faculty recruitment, creating a faculty survey to better understand and respond to the concerns of current faculty members, and developing a more open dialogue between faculty.

At Rutgers University, more than 20,000 unionized faculty (AAUP members) and staff are currently in negotiations and working under expired contracts. They have gone at least three years without a raise while the cost of living, particularly health care costs in the state plan, have risen dramatically.

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in California on a tentative contract agreement!

 

 

We're pleased to welcome Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and the director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, as guest editor for the next volume of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

AAUP & AAUP-CBC in the News

Thu, 10/23/2014  |  Indiana Daily Student
Thu, 10/23/2014  |  Setonian
Thu, 10/16/2014  |  Valdosta Today
Thu, 10/16/2014  |  Luther College Chips
Wed, 10/15/2014  |  Minnesota Daily

Reclaiming Rutgers

A great example of an op-ed by a Rutgers chapter member as part of their ongoing contract campaign and campuswide coalition to “Reclaim Rutgers.”

"As Rutgers becomes increasingly privatized — only 20 percent of funding comes from the state — and adopts a for-profit business model for education, we must continually assess what effects this process is having on the standards of the education we provide," writes Charles G. Häberl, associate professor and chairman of the African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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!

 

Rider Strike Averted

On October 5, a  tentative agreement was reached and will be recommended by the negotiation team to the membership.

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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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New Non-tenure Track Faculty Union

Nearly 500 non-tenure track (NTT) faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified yesterday by the labor relations board. This win is part of a trend in higher education where faculties are pushing back against college administrators turning university teaching into an unstable, temporary job.

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