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.

  • The AAUP is a partner with the March for Science. On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, scientists and their supporters will march on Washington and in satellite marches around the world to affirm the importance and independence of scientific research and evidence-based policies. 

  • Donald Trump's executive order banning entry to the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries affects large numbers of faculty and students. The AAUP urges you to sign a statement of solidarity against this discriminatory ban.

  • The new issue of Academe calls for a renewed commitment to activism to counter increasing threats to higher education. Contributors provide historical context and practical strategies for the fight ahead, focusing on collective bargaining, public and for-profit education, faculty governance, and financial mismanagement.

  • The Professor Watchlist, which purports to catalogue faculty who "advance leftist propaganda in the classroom,” is a threat to academic freedom and free speech. The AAUP invites you to stand in solidarity with colleagues who have been singled out by asking to be added to the list.

  • The sanctuary campus movement calls on campuses to provide a safe space for undocumented students. See resources and information. 

  • Register now for the AAUP's June 14–18 annual conference, featuring presentations on student rights and freedoms. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, is a plenary speaker.


Two examples of extreme legislation coming from Iowa and North Carolina call for "ideological balance" among faculty.

On February 17, faculty members of the Wright State University AAUP chapter spoke to the university's board of trustees on behalf of colleagues laid off due to a budgetary crisis.

The AAUP issued a statement, "Targeted Online Harassment of Faculty," to address increasing concerns about efforts to intimidate and harass faculty. The statement includes recommendations for administrations, governing boards, faculty bodies, and individual faculty members.

We note with sadness the death of Mary Burgan, who served as the general secretary of the Association from 1994 until her retirement in 2004. Burgan died in Washington, DC, on January 12 at the age of 81. A memorial event in her honor will take place on March 11.

AAUP & AAUP-CBC in the News

Wed, 02/22/2017  |  Canton Repository
Thu, 02/16/2017  |  Iowa City Press-Citizen
Sun, 02/05/2017  |  Eastern Iowa Gazette
Thu, 02/02/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed
Thu, 02/02/2017  |  Philadelphia Inquirer
Mon, 01/23/2017  |  Columbus Dispatch
Thu, 01/19/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed
Wed, 01/18/2017  |  Vermont Cynic
Thu, 01/12/2017  |  Eastern Iowa Gazette
Tue, 01/03/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed

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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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