- Chapter Support
The AAUP-CBC union chapters are grassroots, democratic organizations—member-run, member-driven. On the national level, the AAUP-CBC makes that support explicit in policy statements and in action.
Unlike many other unions, the AAUP-CBC encourages a dues structure that allows its chapters to keep a significant percentage of dues at the chapter level. Many of our chapters have made decisions to devote resources to release time for officers so that it is members running the union on a day- to-day basis. Many additionally use their resources to hire local staff.
It’s important that our union members understand our difference. Resources and power are kept with the chapter. In this way, the AAUP-CBC affirms our union members’ capacity for leadership, professionalism, and self-governance.
Support for your local union could not, within the AAUP-CBC framework, be more important.
Here are some possible ways to participate in and strengthen your local union:
We have a strong tradition of “making it work” at the local level. Sometimes chapters may hit some rough spots. When things aren’t working, connect with other AAUP union chapters and your state conference to move forward.
And remember that your chapter can always work with both the national AAUP and the AAUP-CBC to identify resources and training in a variety of areas. For consultations, please contact Christopher Simeone, director of the Department of Organizing and Services.