The AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress is the umbrella organization for unionized AAUP chapters. We promote organizing among tenure-line and contingent faculty, academic professionals, and graduate employees and provide support to member chapters as they work to protect shared governance and academic freedom, to uphold professional standards and values, and to promote quality higher education.

  • As a damaging tax bill comes close to a vote, you can take action. Add your name to the petition urging 15 key Republicans to take a stand to protect students and higher education.

  • The new issue of Academe examines political and other divisions within higher education. Contributions from faculty members, AAUP chapter leaders, and an undergraduate activist consider how to advance learning and social justice in tense campus climates.

  • The AAUP recently launched a new website as part of a campaign that brings together faculty, academic professionals, and supporters to fight for higher education. The site serves as a hub for our work on fighting harassment of faculty members, protecting academic freedom, and uniting the faculty.

  • The AAUP’s June 14–17 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education includes panel presentations, plenary speakers, and the annual business meetings of the AAUP. We invite proposals for presentations exploring the concept of free speech in the context of higher education.

  • The AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom seeks original, scholarly articles exploring current mobilizations of the term free speech and their connections to existing practices and concepts of constitutionally protected speech and academic freedom. Submit papers by January 31, 2018.

  • Our 2016–17 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, based on the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the United States, includes comparisons by rank and information on gender-based disparity, administrative pay, regional variation, and part-time faculty.


Taxation of tuition waivers would send us back to an era in which only the independently wealthy are able to pursue advanced education.

The AAUP filed an amicus brief last night supporting a challenge to a statute and policy in Texas that compelled faculty to permit concealed handguns in college classrooms. We argue that the policy violates faculty members’ academic freedom.

Last month, the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) issued a statement on shared governance. The AAUP's Committee on College and University Governance commends this statement and urges members to bring it to the attention of their governing boards and administrations.

AAUP & AAUP-CBC in the News

Fri, 11/17/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed
Thu, 11/16/2017  |  Bill Moyers
Wed, 11/15/2017  |  Washington Post
Wed, 11/08/2017  |  Chronicle of Higher Education
Tue, 11/07/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed
Tue, 10/31/2017  |  Oakland Post
Fri, 10/27/2017  |  The Scientist

Preparing for Challenges

As we face unprecedented challenges in the courts and state legislatures, AAUP members are coming together to fight for higher education and the critical role it plays in this country.

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How-Tos and Resources

Need to learn more about bargaining, strike preparation, or chapter administration? We offer members of AAUP-CBC chapters how-tos and resources on these topics and more. 

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