Collective Bargaining

How Managerial Are Faculty?

AAUP brief urges the NLRB to look closely at claims that private-college faculty have too much managerial power to have collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Settlement at Portland State

The Portland State University AAUP chapter reached a contract settlement in April after voting overwhelmingly in March to authorize a strike. As the strike approached, the bargaining teams entered into a twenty-four-hour marathon session of mediation that ended with an agreement. 

Chicago Faculty Strike for Fair Pay

After a year and a half of contract negotiations—sixty bargaining sessions, with little progress—the faculty union at the University of Illinois at Chicago went on a two-day strike in February. The members of UIC United Faculty, which represents tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty in separate units and is affiliated jointly with the AAUP, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, demonstrated on campus during the strike, along with other supporters of the union. At issue was the question of salary, particularly for nontenured faculty.

How Managerial are Faculty?

The AAUP submitted an amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in March, urging the board to consider the full context when determining whether faculty at private colleges are managerial. The brief describes the significant changes in university hierarchical and decision-making models since the US Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that faculty at Yeshiva University were managerial employees and thus ineligible to unionize. That ruling has seriously hampered the ability of private-college faculties to engage in collective bargaining. 

New Union for New Hampshire Lecturers

In February, lecturers at the University of New Hampshire voted overwhelmingly to form a union affiliated with the AAUP. Lecturers at UNH hold full-time positions but are not eligible for tenure. Tenured and probationary faculty on campus are already represented by another AAUP chapter, AAUPUNH, whose president, Deanna Wood, told the student newspaper that “we’ve waited twenty-four years to have a sister union on campus amongst the teaching faculty, and we are just ecstatic.

Cincinnati Contract Ratified

After more than a year of bargaining, members of the University of Cincinnati AAUP chapter voted overwhelmingly on March 9 to ratify a new three-year contract. One especially contentious point in negotiations was an administration plan that would have doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled employee health-care costs, depending on salary level. With a planned protest of a board meeting and mounting public pressure, however, the bargaining team and the administration were able to contain increases in health insurance premiums at 25 percent in the second and third years of the contract. 

Equity Innovation Award for Oregon Union

The University of Oregon administration has awarded the institution’s faculty union the UO Equity Innovation Award in recognition of the union’s effort to incorporate standards of inclusion into its recent contract. The union, United Academics, is affiliated jointly with the AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers. Under the new contract, the tenure and promotions process will include consideration of faculty work to improve equity and inclusion on campus.

Contract Settlements for AAUP Chapters

We heartily congratulate AAUP collective bargaining chapters at the University of Cincinnati, Portland State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, who have reached agreements with their administrations in recent weeks, in each case following prolonged negotiations.

UIC Faculty Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contracts

After nearly two years of collective bargaining with university administration, today faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) overwhelmingly ratified their first labor contracts, which will dramatically improve work life and professional conditions for tenure-track and non-tenure track members.

Pacific Lutheran University v. Service Employees International Union, Local 925, N.L.R.B. Case No.: 19-RC-102521

The AAUP submitted an amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), urging the NLRB to consider the full context when determining whether faculty at private colleges are managerial. The brief describes the significant changes in university hierarchical and decision-making models since the US Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that faculty at Yeshiva University were managerial employees and thus ineligible to unionize. That ruling has seriously hampered the ability of private-college faculties to engage in collective bargaining.

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