2016 AAUP Updates

10.10.2016 | AAUP Urges Search, Faculty Participation for Kennesaw State University President

Today, the AAUP urged the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to conduct a national search for the president of Kennesaw State University with full participation from faculty. The letter points out the board of regents' decision to recommend the appointment of attorney general Samuel Olens without a full search or faculty input is at odds with widely observed principles of academic governance. 

10.05.2016 | University of Chicago Graduate Workers Vote to Affiliate with AAUP and AFT

Graduate employees at the University of Chicago have overwhelmingly re-affirmed their choice to organize for collective bargaining with the AAUP, AFT and IFT.

09.30.2016 | AAUP Welcomes New Notre Dame De Namur University Chapter

The faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California formed an NDNU advocacy chapter with the AAUP.

09.06.2016 | Statement on LIU Brooklyn Lockout

Over the Labor Day weekend, the administration of Long Island University (LIU) announced an unprecedented lockout of all 400 members of its Brooklyn campus faculty union in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations. The AAUP deplores this action and supports the right of the LIU Brooklyn faculty to collectively bargain in good faith with its administration.

08.23.2016 | Union Victory for Student Employees at Private Institutions

The National Labor Relations Board found today that student assistants working at private institutions are statutory employees with the right to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act. The  AAUP had filed an amicus brief in this case. "Graduate employees deserve a seat at the table and a voice in higher education. Collective bargaining can provide that," says Howard Bunsis, chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress.

08.16.2016 | Funding Available for Governance Conference Registration Fees

The AAUP Foundation Board has approved funds to cover registration fees for up to six faculty members to attend the AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops, with preference given to candidates who are likely to broaden the diversity of shared governance on their campuses. The conference will be held in Washington, DC, September 30-October 2, and applications for funding are due by September 15.

08.12.2016 | UNI's Faculty Union and Administration Reach Major Accord on Salary Equity

The AAUP celebrates the University of Northern Iowa's faculty union and administration accord on salary equity.

07.25.2016 | AAUP Leaders and Other Academics Decry Human Rights Abuses & Mass Dismissals in Turkey

Four hundred U.S. academics, including top AAUP leadership, members of the AAUP Council, and leaders of local AAUP chapters, sent a letter sent to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter condemning the current situation in Turkey and calling for their action. "While we disapprove of the attempt to subvert the democratic process in Turkey through the military coup of July 15, 2016, President Erdogan’s response has gone beyond measures compatible with the rule of law and human rights, using the occasion to undertake a massive dismissal or suspension from duty of judges, military personnel, civil servants, university deans, and teachers. As of the most recent news this number has reached nearly 60,000. ... The political independence and the academic freedom of the educational profession is essential for free societies."