AAUP Updates

After President Trump announced that he would soon issue an executive order denying federal research funds to colleges and universities that do not "support free speech," the AAUP and eleven other groups issued a statement, calling it a dangerous solution to a largely nonexistent problem.

The AAUP released a governance investigation report about the Maricopa Community Colleges district governing board’s decisions to repeal the entire faculty manual, put restrictions on the faculty’s participation in institutional decision making, and terminate a “meet-and-confer” process. Investigators found evidence which strongly suggests that the board’s intervention was an engineered performance of political theater motivated by partisan ideology.

The Executive Committee of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress sent a letter of support for striking teachers to the Oakland, California, schools superintendent on March 1. Teachers returned to work March 4 after coming to an agreement with the district.

A clear majority of faculty at the University of New Mexico have declared their support for unionization in an official election petition filed today with the UNM Labor Management Relations Board. The UNM bargaining unit, comprising more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty on five campuses has organized under the banner of United Academics of the University of New Mexico which is affiliated nationally with AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers.

Yesterday evening the AAUP-WSU negotiating team came to a tentative agreement with the Wright State University administration, and the AAUP-WSU Executive Committee voted to end the faculty strike that began on January 22.

An AAUP investigative report finds the most plausible explanation for the dismissal of Professor Richard Schmitt from Nunez Community College was that it occured as a retaliatory measure, violating his academic freedom.

We note with sadness the death of William Van Alstyne, who served as president of the national AAUP from 1974 to 1976.

AAUP in the News

Tue, 03/19/2019  |  Politico

Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the bargaining unit representing full-time faculty and graduate employees at Rutgers University has its members’ blessing to call a strike if contract negotiations aren’t successful. Eighty-eight percent of its members voted to authorize union leaders to call a strike.

Tue, 03/05/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

Many organizations, including the AAUP, are opposing President Trump's plan to issue an executive order to cut off federal research dollars to institutions determined not to be supporting free speech.

Wed, 02/27/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

Purdue University Global confirmed it has eliminated forced arbitration agreements for students, scoring a major win for the Indiana chapters of the AAUP, which advocated against clauses. 

Fri, 02/15/2019  |  Washington Post

Collective bargaining has emerged as a path to improving working conditions for adjunct faculty. Higher ed administrators shouldn't look at this as a threat to their industry--the real threat is a workforce that is seen as "disposable." 

Tue, 02/12/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

AAUP report says Nunez Community College fired a longtime professor of English when he asked too many questions about how it would meet reaccreditation requirements on assessment.

Fri, 02/01/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

AAUP sent a letter to Augsburg University after it suspended professor Phillip Adamo because he quoted a passage by James Baldwin which contained the N-word.

Sun, 01/27/2019  |  Dayton Daily News

Wright State University administration filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the State Employment Relations Board, asking it to declare the faculty strike unauthorized. But the SERB ruled against university’s complaint, allowing the faculty strike to continue.

Fri, 01/25/2019  |  WKEF

On the fourth day of a faculty strike at Wright State University, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown released a statement in support of striking faculty. "I'm proud of the faculty and students demanding better benefits for those who've helped make it [Wright State] the premier institution it is today," said Brown. Brown went on to say he supports the rights of workers to band together and "fight for better working conditions."

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Upcoming Events

March 29, 2019 to March 30, 2019

A meeting of the AAUP's governing Council. 

June 12, 2019 to June 16, 2019

The AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education includes the annual business meetings of the AAUP and the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress.

July 25, 2019 to July 28, 2019

The 2019 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is coming to Chicago!

Announcements

The Nominating Committee of the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) has submitted a final report about nominations for the following positions on the ASC Executive Committee: Treasurer and two At-Large Members.

Did you know that the AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

See open positions and learn how to apply.