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 new volume of the Journal includes articles on academic labor and human rights at overseas branch campuses, faculty self-governance in the Cold War era and today's neoliberal university, Title IX compliance, and the difference between free speech and academic freedom.

  • The new issue of Academe focuses on a profession that increasingly finds itself "in the crosshairs." Articles address recent and historical instances of targeted harassment of faculty, the obligations of tenure-track faculty toward colleagues on contingent appointments, and the suppression of a course scrutinizing collegiate athletics.

  • 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.

  • The AAUP works toward a reality in which institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good. We believe that faculty play an important role in a free society and that academic freedom requires and supports a democracy that thrives on dissent, critical inquiry, free speech, and free research. 

  • 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.


University of Chicago graduate employees voted decisively and overwhelmingly for union recognition in a history-making vote.

The presidents of the AFT and the AAUP expressed concerns about the approval by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents of a policy to suspend and expel students who protest speeches on University of Wisconsin campuses.

A suspension is a severely adverse personnel action, and imposing one on Ciccariello-Maher without consulting an appropriate faculty body raises concerns about academic freedom and tenure.

AAUP & AAUP-CBC in the News

Fri, 10/13/2017  |  Daily Chronicle
Tue, 10/10/2017  |  The Atlantic
Fri, 09/29/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed
Mon, 09/11/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed
Sun, 09/10/2017  |  Daily Targum
Fri, 09/08/2017  |  Elon News Network
Thu, 09/07/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed
Thu, 09/07/2017  |  Politico Morning Education

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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