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