UConn-AAUP Update: December 11, 2023

UConn-AAUP Update: December 11, 2023

In this Issue:

  • UConn-AAUP 2024 Excellence Awards
  • Pandemic Pay for Athletics
  • Virtual Adjunct Forum Follow-up
  • Member Benefits

UConn-AAUP 2024 Excellence Awards – The submission of nomination packages will begin on January 8, 2024.

Pandemic Pay for Athletics

UConn-AAUP is happy to report that some segments of the bargaining unit will be seeing their compensation for in-person work during the COVID pandemic. Agreements with other segments are close to finalizing and should be submitted for payment soon. Although these small amounts do not fully compensate for the stress experienced during that time, we would like to thank all members for their efforts in meeting their responsibilities.

 Virtual Adjunct Forum Follow-up

Adjunct Forum Update: Thank you for all the adjunct members that came to the listening forum earlier this semester.  The leadership of the chapter are thankful for the thoughtful sharing of concerns and experiences expressed during the session.  For more information on the forum and the follow up that has occurred, please visit https://uconnaaup.org/adjunct-forum-update/ 

  

Member Benefits:  

Union Plus offers great membership benefits on a variety of things- check it out today to see the benefits & discounts available follow this link

 

In Solidarity,

 

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
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Adjunct Forum Update

ADJUNCT FORUM UPDATE

Thank you to everyone that attended the virtual adjunct forum that was held earlier this semester.  The leadership of the chapter are thankful for the thoughtful sharing of concerns and experiences expressed during the session.  This message is offering an update and next steps from the forum.

During the listening session there were concerns expressed that relate back to Human Resources and systems and operations that significantly impact the Adjunct experience.  These included:

  • Every semester having to submit employment paperwork (State system does not require this)
  • Not being able to access systems like blackboard and CORE-CT between semesters or through multiple years (if they teach a class every fall for example) due to contracts ending.
  • Lack of centralized on-boarding (or universal experience) leading to lack of information or knowledge of expectations or standards.
    • In person orientations for all employees
  • Regional Campus experiences- regional campuses do not have the same resources as Storrs can not meet some of the classroom mandates.
  • Need for a streamlined process for obtaining full time status.
  • Lack of acknowledgement of seniority or lengthy teaching experience for adjuncts
    • While the contract specifies a minimum per credit salary, few departments add anything above that for years (or decades) of service–paying most adjuncts–old and new–the minimum.

Michael Bailey and Jeffrey Ogbar met with the current interim Chief Human Resources Officer for UConn Lakeesha Brown to discuss these concerns.  This list was emailed to the Vice President, and we expect a follow-up discussion at the next scheduled meeting. There seemed to be a positive reception to the concerns brought up.  We will continue to send out updates and reminders in our regular updates. Should you have additional questions or need assistance, remember UConn-AAUP is here to support you.  Michael Bailey; Executive Director can be reached out michaelbailey@uconnaaup.org and David Amdur; Associate Director can be reached at davidamdur@uconnaaup.org

Your membership matters to us and we value your input, support and voices.  If you have not become a dues paying member; please consider  Joining now!  Your membership gives us the strength and resources to continue to fight for equity and justice for all members on our campuses.

 

Yours in solidarity

UConn-AAUP Update: November 21, 2023

UConn-AAUP Update: November 20, 2023
In this Issue:

  • FOIA Amendment for Higher Education
  • Husky Harvest Food Pantries
  • Member Benefits

FOIA Amendment:  In the 2023 legislative session, UConn-AAUP submitted legislation to amend the FOIA that will provide the University with the necessary tools to immediately deny malicious requests for information that are only intended to harass, intimidate, or discredit scientific research or teaching. Unfortunately, there are specific cases on our campus where members gave first-hand testimony of such harassment. We are planning to re-submit this testimony this legislative session and are looking for new incidents that may have surfaced recently, or other situations that have not been reported to us. Please contact us immediately if you feel you have been subjected to such harassment.

Husky Harvest Food Pantries – Support for our fellow Huskies
The Husky Harvest Food Pantries are operated on each of UConn’s campuses to support food insecurity across UConn. Home | Husky Harvest (uconn.edu) These are open to anyone with a UConn ID.  We wanted to share this information for a variety of reasons – you or someone in your department may need some food items or toiletries or you may be able to donate. Donations of non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, cereal, condiments, mac and cheese or canned goods are welcomed.  Other items such as toiletries including soap, shampoo, or laundry detergent can be donated.  Information on the pantry, and where to donate for each of the campuses can be found on the Husky Harvest website. 

Member Benefits:  Union Plus is offering pet insurance to its union member network. Please follow this link to more information.

In Solidarity,

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

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UConn-AAUP Update: November 7, 2023

UConn-AAUP Update: November 7, 2023

In this Issue:

  • Connecticut is Neglecting Its State Employees” – Lyle Scruggs, CT Mirror, October 30, 2023
  • National AAUP Staff Negotiations  
  • Save the date! UConn-AAUP Advocacy training December 4th
  • Adjunct Forum Notes

Connecticut is Neglecting Its State Employees”

Professor Lyle Scruggs recent Op-ed in the CT Mirror pointing out the real impact of high inflation.

https://ctmirror.org/2023/10/30/ct-state-employees-pension-retirement-salary-cola-adjustment/ 

National AAUP Staff Union Negotiations Update 

The National AAUP Management and the National AAUP-Staff Union are in the 16th month without a contract. The staff union has 22 members. On Tuesday Oct 31, the Union staged the first day of a rolling virtual strike.

For a description of the view of the AAUP Staff Union on the click on the link here to the  AAUP Staff Union blog, At the bottom of the blog page is a link to sign up for updates on the negotiations.

This is their Facebook page.   The article “AAUP, Itself a Union, Is Locked in a Contract Fight With Its Own Staff Union”, Insider Higher Ed, September 26, 2023, describes the differences in the proposals of management and union. For a description of the view of AAUP Management on the state of the negotiations and the virtual strike (10/31/23) click here.

 UConn-AAUP & UConn Labor Coalition

UConn-AAUP is partnering with the UConn Labor Coalition on an Advocacy Training Day. The day will support building connections among UConn union leaders & staff while discussing key issues of the upcoming legislative session.  Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks. The Advocacy Day is planned for December 4th from 12-2 at the State Capitol. Send Gina an email if you would like to attend.

Adjunct Forum Notes

On October 23, 2023, UConn-AAUP leaders held the first of several planned forums to listen and talk with members. Adjuncts were updated on current issues of concern, but mainly were provided an opportunity to answer two questions: How can UConn-AAUP make their work/life balance better for them, and what can they do to become more engaged with their union. Additional virtual forums will be held later this semester and next semester.

In Solidarity,

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

 

UConn-AAUP Update: October 26, 2023

UConn-AAUP Update: October 26, 2023

In this Issue:

  • 100% Out of State Remote Work Request Guidelines
  • NEW Modified Assignment Policy
  • UConn-AAUP Member Meeting
  • Save the date! UConn-AAUP Advocacy training December 4th

100% Out of State Remote Work Request Guidelines
Human Resources has raised a concern with faculty/staff working at UConn and living in a state other than Connecticut. HR also has supplied “guidelines” to some department heads and managers for hiring and requesting approval for current faculty who work 100% remotely and live in another state 100% of the time. This does not impact faculty/staff who live in “commutable” distance from UConn, i.e., RI, Mass, Vermont, NY, NJ, etc. If you have been contacted by HR or your department head concerning this matter, please contact UConn-AAUP so that we can include you in the discussions with HR. 

NEW “Modified Assignment Policy”
UConn-AAUP and the Provost Office have reached agreement on the new “Modified Assignment Policy.” This policy allows some bargaining unit members to adjust their assignment “to respond to anticipated or unanticipated life events or situations.”  Modified assignments might involve either 1) full-time work with a flexible schedule, modified work duties, remote work, and/or other arrangements as agreed upon or approved or 2) a combination of working less than full-time (VSPR), paid leave and/or leave without pay (FMLA/FMLG), as appropriate. Qualifying life events might include returning from an approved medical leave after the birth of a child or adoption of a child, short-term care for the bargaining unit member or an immediate family member on a part-time basis following the completion of an approved personal or FMLA leave, or bereavement following the death of an immediate family member or other emergency circumstances. More information will be provided in the near future.

 Fall Member Luncheon
UConn-AAUP will be hosting their Fall Member Luncheon on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 12:00 noon in the Student Union, Room 304, Storrs Campus. Please RSVP to BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org before October 30, 2023.

UConn-AAUP & UConn Labor Coalition
UConn-AAUP is partnering with the UConn Labor Coalition on a advocacy training day.  The day will support building connections among UConn union leaders & staff while discussing key issues of the upcoming legislative session.  Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.  The Advocacy Day is planned for December 4th from 12-2 at the State Capitol.

 

In Solidarity,

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

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REMINDER-CHILDCARE REIMBURSEMENT

CHILDCARE REIMBURSEMENT REMINDER

Applications for the Fall 2023 Childcare Reimbursement must be submitted to the UConn-AAUP office by NOVEMBER 2, 2023.

Please note that the Fall 2023 reimbursement is for daycare provided for the months of May, June, July, August, September and October, 2023 ONLY.  Child must attend daycare at least two weeks during the month to qualify for that month.

The UConn-AAUP Child Care policy and application is now available on the UConn-AAUP website:

www.uconnaaup.org

(Chapter Information- Resources)

Please download, fill out, and fax, mail, or e-mail (BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org) the application and receipts to the UConn-AAUP office.  ALL applications are acknowledged.

UConn-AAUP Telephone 860-487-0450, Fax 860-487-0341

1875 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268

UCONN-AAUP CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2024-2025

NOMINEES FOR UCONN-AAUP ANNUAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION – 2024-2025

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 5, 2024, to the UConn-AAUP Office via  phone – 860-487-0450, or email BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.  If you would like to learn more about the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Clinical Professor Jean McCarthy @ jean.mccarthy@uconn.edu.

 

 

Barbara Kratochvil
Sr. Administrative Assistant
UConn-AAUP
860-487-0450

 

UConn-AAUP Update: October 11, 2023: Higher Ed Rally & Work/Life Expo

UConn-AAUP Update: October 11, 2023                        

We Hope to see you at one of these events tomorrow!

UConn Work/Life Expo

Stop by the Work/Life Expo tomorrow in the student union and say hello- we will be tabling from 10:00-2:00.  Additional information can be found at Work/Life Month & Expo 2023 | Human Resources (uconn.edu)

Connecticut’s ‘Skeletal’ Public Higher Ed Funding Rally: Thursday, October 12, 2023.

5:00 – 6:00 PM

UConn-AAUP leadership and our SEBAC partners are focused on reversing Governor Lamont’s and the legislative decision to reduce funding and staffing for higher education institutions in the second year of the biennium budget. Join us at the Capitol as we unveil the “bare bones” Halloween-themed program to advocate for increased funding supporting students throughout our public higher education institutions. This is a higher education SEBAC event that requires faculty and staff support. UConn-AAUP needs to be there in force. Show up with your UConn-AAUP t-shirt. PDF Flyer (and to register to let us know you are coming!) If you don’t yet have a t-shirt- let Gina know and she will bring one for you!

Protecting Public Higher Education Rally

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 12 5:00PM
WHERE: North Side of the Connecticut State Capitol Building, located at 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford
PARKING:
Plenty of metered, on-street parking available in the area
Look for the Blue UConn-AAUP shirts!

 

In Solidarity,

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, President
Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Tel 860.487.0450

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UConn-AAUP Pandemic Pay Survey

UConn-AAUP Members,

In May of this year, we informed you of an arbitration award that certain state employees were eligible for compensation for working “in-person” at their worksite due to potentially exposing themselves and their families to the COVID virus. The arbitration award identified a “covered period” from March 20, 2020, through March 27, 2021, and a threshold of 180 hours worked. We also asked you to fill out a survey if you worked “in-person” during the “covered period” that would be used when meeting with the UConn administration. We are asking for your assistance in filling out another survey as we try to get this over the finish line.

If you feel you are eligible for pandemic pay due to meeting the criteria above, please follow this link to the survey.

NOTE: Clinical faculty who taught a class and supervised precepting need to identify which hours were performed in the “health care facility.”

NOTE: For teaching faculty, the Registrar has the list of classes that were taught “in-person.” When filling out the hours worked, please identify the course you were teaching.

Thank you,

Michael

Michael Bailey
Executive Director
UConn-AAUP
Office: 860-487-0450
Cell: 401-474-2917

UConn-AAUP Members Meeting/Luncheon

UConn-AAUP Members Meeting/Luncheon


You are invited to the UConn-AAUP Members Meeting / Luncheon

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

12 Noon – Student Union Room #304, Storrs Campus

Discussions will include:

  • Negotiations’ Landscape
  • Membership Update
  • SEBAC Strategic Plan – Emphasis of Higher Education
  • Legislative Update

Please RSVP to BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org before October 20, 2023

Barbara Kratochvil
Sr. Administrative Assistant
UConn-AAUP
860-487-0450