2017 AAUP Updates

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.

09.28.2017 | Emerson College Faculty Vote to Join Existing CB Chapter

By a vote of 35-0, full-time, non-tenure-track faculty at Emerson College’s Boston campus voted to join the existing collective bargaining chapter at Emerson College, ECCAAUP, which represents tenured and tenure-track faculty. The Emerson College administration had committed to recognize voluntarily a unified collective bargaining chapter if the full-time, non-tenure-track faculty won the election.

09.19.2017 | Legal Brief Against Trump's Travel Ban

Yesterday the AAUP joined with the American Council on Education and other higher ed groups in an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court opposing Trump’s travel ban. The brief argues that people from the six countries identified in the ban should not be barred or deterred from entering the United States and contributing to our colleges and universities.

09.15.2017 | Win for Climate Science and the AAUP

Today the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected attempts by a “free market” legal foundation to use public records requests to compel faculty members to release emails related to their climate research.