2017 AAUP Updates

11.17.2017 | AAUP Committee Commends AGB Statement on Governance

Last month, the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) issued a statement on shared governance. The AAUP's Committee on College and University Governance commends this statement and urges members to bring it to the attention of their governing boards and administrations.

11.13.2017 | Tax Proposal Hurts Higher Ed

The AAUP, along with other higher education groups, strongly opposes proposed changes included in tax legislation being voted on by Congress this week. The AAUP particularly opposes the repeal of provisions exempting from taxation tuition waivers for campus employees and graduate students, which would cause a devastating tax increase for thousands of graduate students, and the repeal of the current Student Loan Interest Deduction.

11.09.2017 | Strike Authorization Procedure at Wright State

The Wright State University AAUP chapter, the faculty union representing full-time faculty at WSU, has adopted an amendment to its chapter constitution and bylaws creating a procedure for authorizing and calling a strike. Chapter president Martin Kich said that the move was necessary to protect the core missions of teaching and research at the university.

10.23.2017 | AAUP and AFT-Wisconsin Condemn Attacks on Public Higher Education

A series of recent actions taken by Governor Scott Walker, the Wisconsin state legislature, and the University of Wisconsin system board of regents represents a concerted attack on the university as a public good and on the university’s role in fostering democratic participation. 

10.19.2017 | University of Chicago Graduate Workers Affirm Union

University of Chicago graduate employees voted decisively and overwhelmingly for union recognition in a history-making vote.

10.12.2017 | Ciccariello-Maher Suspension Is Problematic

A suspension is a severely adverse personnel action, and imposing one on Ciccariello-Maher without consulting an appropriate faculty body raises concerns about academic freedom and tenure.

10.10.2017 | Campus Equity Week Highlights Contingent Faculty Working Conditions

Get ready for Campus Equity Week! During this week, which occurs every other year during the last week of October, groups plan local actions to draw attention to working conditions of faculty in contingent or adjunct positions. Such faculty, who constitute three fourths of the teaching faculty in US higher education, typically work without job security, for low wages, and without access to the professional working conditions that support student learning.

09.28.2017 | Supreme Court to Hear Anti-Union Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 Case

On September 28, the US Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case, called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which anti-union forces have pushed in an attempt to have fair-share fees ruled unconstitutional for public-sector employees.

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