Constitutional Amendments Voted on at 2019 Annual Meeting

June 17, 2019—We are pleased to announce that the AAUP will be moving forward with organizational changes after affirmative votes at last week’s AAUP annual meeting and AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress regular meeting. Both bodies voted overwhelmingly to proceed with a package of changes that combines the AAUP-CBC and the AAUP. The AAUP-CBC will no longer exist as a separate entity and its programs will be transferred to the AAUP. This will streamline our governance and organizational structure to ensure that we are using our resources to support our chapters and conferences.


The 105th AAUP Annual Meeting was held on June 15, 2019. The meeting voted on organizational changes, including proposed amendments to the AAUP Constitution. The proposed amendments to the constitution, a summary of the proposed constitutional changes, and the Joint Resolution and Constitutional Amendment proviso referenced below are available as a pdf packet here

The 105th AAUP Annual Meeting was held at the DoubleTree Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City, located at 300 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Virginia.

The proposed organizational changes were a package and required approval of two motions by the AAUP annual meeting and one, dissolving the AAUP-CBC, by the AAUP-CBC regular meeting. A Joint Resolution provided the language of the motions and states that they must be adopted in toto, without revision or amendment, by their respective memberships or none would be implemented. Thus, if any of the motions had failed to pass as proposed, any remaining motions would not have been voted upon and any motions that had passed would not become effective.Information about the process by which the AAUP Council and the AAUP-Collective Bargaining Congress Executive Committee decided to bring these proposed changes to the 2019 annual meeting for a vote is available below in the FAQs about Proposed Restructuring.

Moving forward with the organizational changes required approval by the AAUP annual meeting of the following (see the Joint Resolution for exact motion language).

  • Proposed amendments to the AAUP Constitution codifying changes directed by the AAUP Council and the AAUP-CBC Executive Committee in November 2018. A Constitutional Amendment Proviso establishing the transitional leadership structure for the newly combined organization is included in the motion proposing the amendments.
  • A recommendation to roll CBC dues into AAUP collective bargaining dues, effective January 1, 2020. This would result in a one-time increase of $23 for the full-time, entrant, and associate categories of AAUP collective bargaining dues and a one-time increase of $10 for part-time and graduate student AAUP collective bargaining dues. The AAUP-CBC would dissolve and therefore CBC dues would no longer be collected effective January 1, 2020.

If, after reading through the documents, you have questions, please feel free to email them to executivedirector@aaup.org

These recommendations grew out of the shared priorities and organizational vision of the AAUP and the AAUP-CBC. The AAUP and AAUP-CBC elected leadership believes that we are one profession, regardless of institution type, tenure status, rank, job title, or collective bargaining status. We are strongest when we focus on building and supporting chapters and empowering our members to effect change at the campus level. We are excited about these changes and believe that they will result in a stronger AAUP, one that is best situated to thrive for another hundred years.

The annual meeting included opportunities to discuss the proposals, as well as additional business sessions regarding restructuring planning. We also had a series of opportunities this spring to hear from members and to answer questions. 

We believe that these changes will result in a smarter, more responsive AAUP, one that embraces the One Faculty model.

More Information 

Outline of Proposed Changes

Recorded webinar reviewing the proposed changes | Slides from the webinar

FAQs about Proposed Restructuring of the AAUP’s Organizational Structure

Map of Proposed Council Districts

Constitutional Amendment Proviso (establishes the transitional leadership structure)

Joint Resolution (ties the different elements of the transition together and requires that the specific elements be passed by the relevant bodies as proposed in order for any changes to go into effect)

Proposed amendments to the AAUP Constitution codifying the changes directed by the AAUP Council and the AAUP-CBC Executive Committee:

AAUP Constitution with Proposed Amendments Marked

AAUP Constitution with Proposed Amendments Incorporated

Description of proposed amendments to the AAUP Constitution