2015 AAUP Updates

09.17.2015 | Amicus Brief Defends Teacher Protections

This brief argues that the challenged statutes help protect teachers from retaliation, help keep good teachers in the classroom by promoting teacher longevity and discouraging teacher turnover, and allow teachers to act in students’ interests in presenting curricular material and advocating for students within the school system.

09.10.2015 | AAUP Welcomes Jennifer Ruth as Editor of Journal of Academic Freedom

Henry Reichman, AAUP first vice-president and chair of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said “Jennifer Ruth's wide-ranging interests in topics as diverse as Victorian literature and higher education in China, her fervent commitment to academic freedom and shared governance, and her ambitious, innovative, and courageous efforts to address the profound implications of universities' increasing reliance on non-tenure-track faculty, make her an ideal candidate to edit the Journal of Academic Freedom."

08.31.2015 | New Report Raises Concerns about LSU Firing

This report questions hasty actions by the administration, procedures followed, and low tolerance for profanity at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. This supplementary report on a censured administration is one of only seven such reports issued in the AAUP’s century of existence.

08.28.2015 | University of New Hampshire and Lecturers Reach Labor Agreement

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.”

08.25.2015 | AAUP-CBC Issues Statement Supporting U of Scranton Chapter

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.

08.19.2015 | NLRB Avoids Involving Grad Assistants in Athlete Decision

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.
 

08.10.2015 | EMU-AAUP Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement with University

The contract includes raises of 2.5% per year for each year of the contract, as well as changes in health care payments. The contract also includes additional support and incentives for faculty research.

08.06.2015 | University’s Attempt to Dismiss Salaita Suit Over “Uncivil” Tweets Rejected by Court

The court firmly rejected the university’s claim that it did not have a contract with Professor Salaita, stating, “If the Court accepted the University’s argument, the entire American academic hiring process as it now operates would cease to exist.”

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