UConn-AAUP Update: December 5, 2022

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Faculty Compensation Policy

During the recent negotiations, UConn-AAUP and the administration signed a Side Letter agreeing to continue discussion on the 12/12ths rule as it applies to full-time faculty compensation after negotiations. If the discussion did not resolve the issue to either party’s satisfaction, the UConn-AAUP may demand to bargain the issue. On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, a message from the Provost indicated that the “Policy on Extra Compensation for Full-Time Faculty in AAUP” was being replaced with the revised “Faculty Compensation Policy.” This is in violation of the Side Letter agreement, which does not indicate that the administration can unilaterally implement their revisions, and it violates Article 8 of the collective bargaining agreement, which states that “written policies and procedures impacting upon mandatory subjects of bargaining may be changed only by agreement of the Board of Trustees and the UConn-AAUP.”

This is a fundamental shift in the practice of the UConn administration and one which should be of great concern for faculty. UConn-AAUP is addressing this issue through appropriate processes. Second, the administration has not been responsive to our concerns that the proposed revisions may reduce faculty compensation currently provided in Article 38 Summer and Winter Compensation.

In Solidarity:

Jeffrey Ogbar, President

Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

 

Performance Review Templates

Committee Approved Performance Review

 

Sociology Department

 

Annual Review Performance Template (November 2, 2022)

 

1. Teaching activities/accomplishments from the past year

 

2. Research activities/accomplishments (including forthcoming publications, under review, grants submitted, rejected, work in progress)

 

3. Service at departmental/university/professional/community level

 

Formative Comments:

 

Overall Rating: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

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UConn-AAUP Update: December 1, 2022

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2023 UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards

The UConn-AAUP seeks nominations of its members for the UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards in Teaching, Research, and Service Recognition. The primary nominator must send the complete submission in a single pdf file, indicating the award category, via e-mail to Barbara Kratochvil at BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.  Special consideration will be given to those members who have addressed issues related to social justice or have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UConn-AAUP encourages updated submissions for applicants nominated within the last three years 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The deadline for submitting nominations to the UConn-AAUP office is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2023.  All nominees must be dues-paying members of the UConn-AAUP.  For further details, please visit our website www.uconnaaup.org.

Request for Department Performance Review Document

UConn-AAUP would like to assist departments in the development of their Performance Review Documents. We are providing space on our website for samples of documents that have been approved by department committees. If your department committee has approved your document and you would like to share it, please forward to Barbara Kratochvil at BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.

Social Gathering in West Hartford

UConn-AAUP invites all to a Social Gathering on Wednesday, December 7th from 5 – 7 pm at the New Park Brewery, 485 New Park Ave, West Hartford.

Members needed for Representative Assembly

The following departments need representation at the Rep’s Assembly, which meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 pm via ZOOM:

  • Accounting, Anthropology, Chem & Biomolecular Engr, Computer Science & Engr, Ecology & Evol Biology, Extension, Finance, History, Journalism, Marketing, Materials Science & Engr, Materials Science Institute, Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Pathobiology, Pharm Science, Psychology, Physiology & Neuro, Plant Science & Landscape, Public Policy, Avery Point Adjunct, Hartford Adjunct, Waterbury Adjunct, Waterbury Full Time, Institute Seat.

 

In Solidarity:

Jeffrey Ogbar, President

Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

 

UConn-AAUP 2023 EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The UConn-AAUP seeks nominations of its members for the UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards in Teaching, Research, and Service Recognition. The primary nominator must send the complete submission in a single pdf file, indicating the award category, via e-mail to Barbara Kratochvil at BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.  Special consideration will be given to those members who have addressed issues related to social justice or have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UConn-AAUP encourages updated submissions for applicants nominated within the last three years 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The deadline for submitting nominations to the UConn-AAUP office is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2023.  All nominees must be dues-paying members of the UConn-AAUP.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Required Supporting Materials for All Teaching awards:

1)    Two letters of support from UConn faculty members, including at least one with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s teaching.

2)    Two letters of support from current or former UConn students (undergraduate or graduate).

3)    OIR teaching evaluation data for all courses, as relevant.

4)    Curriculum Vitae.

 1. TEACHING EXCELLENCE: EARLY CAREER

Eligibility: Untenured faculty member with 3 to 6 years of service at UConn and no more than 6 years of teaching experience as a faculty member at any institution.

 2.  TEACHING EXCELLENCE: CAREER

Eligibility: Any faculty member with over 6 years teaching experience at UConn. This award recognizes classroom instruction, and advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

3.  TEACHING INNOVATION

Eligibility: Any faculty member. This award recognizes new methods and curricular design

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS

 Required Supporting Materials for all Research awards:

1)    Four letters of support from faculty members with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s research, with at least one from UConn.

2)  Curriculum Vitae.

1. EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY: EARLY CAREER

Eligibility: Untenured faculty member with 3 to 6 years of service at UConn and no more than 6 years of research or creativity experience as a faculty member at any institution. This award recognizes outstanding scholarship, which may include journal articles, conference papers, books, exhibitions of creative work, external funding, and other appro­priate criteria as determined by the evaluating committee, with an emphasis on scholarship performed at UConn.

2. EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY: CAREER

Eligibility: Any faculty member with over 6 years of experience at UConn. This award recognizes scholarship with a national and international reputa­tion, outstanding service in promoting scholarship at UConn, and long-term impact on UConn scholarship.

SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

Required Supporting Materials for Service Excellence award:

1)      Four letters of support, including at least one from a faculty member with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s UConn service.

2)      Curriculum Vitae.

Eligibility: Open to all UConn-AAUP members.

This award recognizes service performed while maintaining satisfactory performance in other regular assignments (e.g., teaching and scholarly activities) such as:

  1. Professional service that positively impacts the citizens of the State, consistent with UConn’s land-grant mission.
  2. Professional service that contributes to the common good at national and/or international levels.
  3. Leadership in enhancing the visibility of UConn among prospective undergraduate and graduate students, thus improving enrollment and the quality of incoming students.
  4. Contributions promoting significant program excellence and/or improved productivity of students, staff, and faculty.
  5. Leadership in fostering cooperative activities within the University to enhance success in its mission.

 

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NOMINEES FOR UCONN-AAUP ANNUAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION – 2023-2024

UConn-AAUP Chapter invites member nominations and self-nominations to stand for election to the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee.  We seek a wide diversity of UConn-AAUP members from different disciplines, points of view, and status of employment.  We seek members interested in standing for officer roles (President, Executive Vice President, Vice President for Membership Development/Organizing, Secretary/Treasurer), Regional Campus Representative, and Member-at-Large seats.  The term of service is for one year; member’s duties involve attendance at bi-weekly meetings.  Please respond by January 4, 2023, to the UConn-AAUP Office via  phone – 860-487-0450, or email BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.  

 

Weingarten Rights Poster

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The University of Connecticut Chapter of                                                

AAUP    

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS, INC.

                                                             

Know Your Weingarten Rights

AN EMPLOYEE’S RIGHT TO UNION REPRESENTATION

The rights of unionized employees to have present a union representative during investigatory interviews were announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689). These rights have become known as the Weingarten Rights.

Employees have Weingarten Rights only during investigatory interviews. An investigatory interview occurs when a supervisor questions an employee to obtain information which could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an employee to defend his or her conduct.

If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what he or she says, the employee has the right to request union representation. Management is not required to inform the employee of his/her Weingarten Rights; it is the employees’ responsibility to know and request.

When the employee makes the request for a union representative to be present management has three options:      (I) it can stop questioning until the representative arrives.      (2) it can call off the interview or,      (3) it can tell the employee that it will call off the interview unless the employee voluntarily gives up his/her rights to a union representative (an option the employee should always refuse.)

 

WHAT TO SAY TO THE DEAN’S OFFICE OR LABOR RELATIONS OFFICIALS

 

“If this meeting can in any way lead to my being terminated or disciplined, o have any adverse effect on my working conditions at UConn, I respectfully request that an AAUP representative be present at this meeting. Without this representative present, I choose not to participate in this meeting.”

 

UConn-AAUP Update: November 16, 2022

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Passing of Attorney Brian Doyle

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of UConn-AAUP’s long-serving attorney Brian Doyle. Brian was a true labor union advocate, representing our members whether in arbitrations, labor board hearings, and negotiations. His wake is planned for Thursday, November 17, 2022, 5 – 7:00 pm at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home. The full obituary can be found here.

UConn-AAUP Fall Open House Invitation

WHEN: TODAY – November 16, 2022, TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 PM, WHERE: UConn-AAUP Office, 1875 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT 06268

In Solidarity:

Jeffrey Ogbar, President

Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

 

UConn-AAUP Update: November 3, 2022

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UConn-AAUP Election Information and PAC Endorsements for 2022

Please follow the link to important information on this year’s elections, as well as UConn-AAUP PAC endorsement of candidates who support UConn, higher education, and collective bargaining.

Guidance on the Development of Faculty Workload Assignment Policy: Update

On Monday, October 24, 2022, representatives of UConn-AAUP met with a hearing officer of the State Labor Relations Board to present our objection to the administrations implementation of the Guidance of the Development of Workload Assignment Policy document without first negotiating with UConn-AAUP. Workload is a mandatory subject of bargaining as it impacts terms and conditions of employment. The hearing office will either remand the case to the full Labor Board for a hearing or dismiss the case. We hope to hear from the hearing office soon.

UConn-AAUP Fall Open House Invitation

WHEN: November 16, 2022, TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 PM, WHERE: UConn-AAUP Office, 1875 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT 06268

In Solidarity:

Jeffrey Ogbar, President

Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

UConn-AAUP Update: October 5, 2022

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Introducing Gina DeVivo Brassaw

UConn-AAUP is pleased to announce that Gina DeVivo Brassaw has been hired as our new Internal Organizer for the Chapter. Gina recently participated on the UCPEA negotiating team and has taught about community organizing here at UConn and with several community groups. Gina has worked for the University at the School of Social Work at the Hartford Campus and in Storrs as the Associate Director of Student Activities for Community Outreach. We are excited to have Gina as part of our team and look forward to her connecting with our bargaining unit members.  If you are interested in connecting with Gina, her e-mail is ginadb@uconnaaup.org.

I want to thank Jeffrey Ogbar, Jean McCarthy, Louise Simmons and the AAUP staff for supporting this process.

Save the Date Members’ Only Meeting/Luncheon – October 19, 2022, 12 noon – 2:00 pm – Student Union Room #331, Storrs Campus.

In Solidarity:

Jeffrey Ogbar, President

Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director