Victory at Plymouth State

By Kira Schuman

In an election held in April, tenured and tenure-track faculty members at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire voted 97–67 to form a collective bargaining chapter with the AAUP. A top priority for the new faculty union is the establishment of a collective bargaining agreement that promotes transparency, real shared governance, workload equity, and more faculty involvement in institutional decision making for the benefit of Plymouth State faculty, students, and the university.

“I am happy that we faculty at Plymouth State University have chosen to join together as the newest members of the AAUP, and I look forward to working with the administration to make PSU an even stronger institution,” said Chris Chabot, a professor of biology.

One hundred seventy-four tenured and tenure-track faculty members currently work at Plymouth State, one of the four public universities that make up the University System of New Hampshire. In voting for unionization, faculty members at Plymouth State are following in the footsteps of unionized faculty members at the University of New Hampshire and Keene State College. The tenured and tenure-track faculty at UNH and their full-time non-tenure-track faculty colleagues are both unionized with the AAUP.

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