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.

  • The centennial issue of the Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors features four academic freedom and tenure investigative reports, along with annual reports and other business documents.

  • Our survey includes data on more than 375,000 full-time faculty, making it the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the United States. And it is the only survey of its kind to include extensive information on benefits.

  • 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.


Catherine Moran, co-lead negotiator with Adam St. Jean of the UNHLU, said, “This CBA is an important tool that will support UNH lecturer faculty as we continue to deliver high-quality instruction to UNH students and mentor them in their academic pursuits. Clarity and transparency in policies and practices better enable lecturer faculty to meet the needs of our students.”

Their contract expires at the end of August. Grievances include delayed negotiations, university spending on outside lawyers and consultants, rising administrator salaries and placing too high a priority on athletics.

In a highly publicized case in which the AAUP filed an amicus brief, the National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over the Northwestern University football players’ petition seeking union representation rendering the players unable to unionize under the auspices of the NLRB. The Board, however, explicitly limited its decision to the unusual circumstances of the case, avoiding broader questions involving the unionization of graduate student assistants and others.

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EMU-AAUP Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement

EMU-‐AAUP President Susan Moeller, who was the chief negotiator for the AAUP, said: “We are very pleased with this agreement, as both sides made compromises to arrive at an agreement that is beneficial to the faculty, students, and administration. There was a spirit of cooperation throughout the negotiations, and for the second straight negotiation, we were able to complete the process several weeks before the contract expired.”

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Summer Institute

More than 270 AAUP members and academic activists came together July 23–26 for an intensive, four-day Summer Institute in Denver.Topics offered included bargaining basics, strategic use of grievances, administering collective bargaining contracts, organizing for power, building and running AAUP chapters, understanding institutional finances, and forging partnerships and alliances on campus.

“As a first time participant, I was impressed by how each session was rigorous and fun at the same time. They were full of great information, and there was much friendly and helpful discussion. As someone new to academia and the AAUP, I had a lot to learn, although I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was already a lot I could contribute. I feel much more confident now as a union board member at my institution and I hope to bring the knowledge and enthusiasm I found at the Summer Institute back to campus!” --Leonore Fleming, Utica College (pictured above)

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