TA DEADLINE TO VOTE TODAY! RATIFICATION WAGE REOPENER

Voting Deadline TODAY! : UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement
For those of you that have voted in the election, please disregard this reminder!

If you do not have your election login information, please click on the link below, enter your email address that is on file with UCONN-AAUP (your uconn.edu address), and your Ratification election login information will be emailed to you.

As previously reported to you, negotiations with the UConn-AAUP and the University of Connecticut BOT have reached a Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.

The full edited agreement with the new language can be found here: Tentative Agreement and is also posted to the website.

As a member of the UConn-AAUP Chapter, you are eligible to vote in the UCONN-AAUP Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.  The election will begin on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 8:00 am through Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 pm EDT.  The UConn-AAUP has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2024 Ratification Vote and voting will be conducted electronically via Survey & Ballot Systems web-based voting software.

You would have received election specific e-mail on March 8th from: UCONN-AAUP Election Coordinator<mailto:noreply@directvote.net> with voting instructions, login information, and your personalized pass code.

 Please note that this email notification will be sent to your uconn.edu address.

If you do not receive your email voting notification, please contact support@directvote.net or Gina DeVivo Brassaw at ginadb@uconnaaup.org for assistance.

Gina DeVivo Brassaw, MSW
(she/her/hers) (What’s this?)
UConn-AAUP
Internal Organizer
1875 Storrs Rd, Unit 6028
Storrs, CT 06268
Office Phone: (860) 487-0450
https://uconnaaup.org/
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UConn-AAUP Update: March 11, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: March 11, 2024

REMINDER: Cast Your Vote! UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement
Preparation for a New Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fall 2025
Legislative Action:
S.B. 394 Establishing an Exemption from Disclosure For Certain Higher Education Records Pertaining to Teaching or Research Under the Freedom of Information Act

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REMINDER: CAST YOUR VOTE! Voting Process on the UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement is underway!
As previously reported to you, negotiations with the UConn-AAUP and the University of Connecticut BOT have reached a Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.

The full edited agreement with the new language can be found here: Tentative Agreement and is also posted to the website.

As a member of the UConn-AAUP Chapter, you are eligible to vote in the UCONN-AAUP Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.  The election began Friday, March 8, 2024 at 8:00 am and will run through Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 pm EDT.  The UConn-AAUP has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2024 Ratification Vote and voting will be conducted electronically via Survey & Ballot Systems web-based voting software.
You received an email from: UCONN-AAUP Election Coordinator<mailto:noreply@directvote.net>

This e-mail included voting instructions, login information, and your personalized pass code.  To assure your election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox, simply add the following email address as an approved sender.  noreply@directvote.net

Please note that this email notification will be sent to your uconn.edu address.

If you do not receive your email voting notification, please contact support@directvote.net or Gina DeVivo Brassaw at ginadb@uconnaaup.org for assistance.

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Preparation for a New Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fall 2025As UConn-AAUP is a “member-based, member-led” organization, preparing for negotiations must include participation from its membership to determine potential improvements and identified limits or conflicts in the current contract. This requires the formation of subcommittees to look at current contract language and compare it with peer AAUP collective bargaining chapter contracts.

Therefore, we are looking for members to fill the following subcommittees. The subcommittees would determine a Chair for the committee and meet 3 or 4 times. A report would be developed and presented to the Contract Committee, who will draft the initial contract proposals. If accepted by the Executive Committee, those proposals would then be reviewed by the membership.
This is an extremely important part in the Chapter’s procedures for collective bargaining. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Here are the subcommittees we have used in the past:

  • Compensation
  • Equity
  • Benefits
  • Non-Tenure Track and Contingent Faculty
  • Faculty Governance
  • Workload (would also cover any post-tenure review)
  • Athletics

Please let us know if you are interested in joining a subcommittee by letting us know here

Legislative Action: S.B. 394 Establishing an Exemption from Disclosure For Certain Higher Education Records Pertaining to Teaching or Research Under the Freedom of Information Act

 As mentioned in earlier UConn-AAUP Updates, faculty continue to experience harassment and interference in their research, scholarship, and teaching. Individuals, and even specific organizations, use public records requests as weapons with their only intent to threaten or chill faculty from their right to academic freedom and unfettered reporting of research. This Bill would give the University the necessary tools to prevent this harassment from occurring at the local level and move it to the FOIA Commission. If you know of anyone receiving threatening FOIA requests or emails, please notify the AAUP as soon as possible.

 

Gina DeVivo Brassaw, MSW
(she/her/hers) (What’s this?)
UConn-AAUP
Internal Organizer}
1875 Storrs Rd, Unit 6028
Storrs, CT 06268
Office Phone: (860) 487-0450
https://uconnaaup.org/

Not a member? Join now!

 

Voting Process: UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement

Voting Process: UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement

 As previously reported to you, negotiations with the UConn-AAUP and the University of Connecticut BOT have reached a Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.

The full edited agreement with the new language can be found here: Tentative Agreement and is also posted to the website.

As a member of the UConn-AAUP Chapter, you are eligible to vote in the UCONN-AAUP Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.  The election will begin on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 8:00 am through Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 pm EDT.  The UConn-AAUP has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2024 Ratification Vote and voting will be conducted electronically via Survey & Ballot Systems web-based voting software.

You will receive an email on March 8th from: UCONN-AAUP Election Coordinator<mailto:noreply@directvote.net>

This e-mail will include voting instructions, login information, and your personalized pass code.  To assure your election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox, simply add the following email address as an approved sender.  noreply@directvote.net

 Please note that this email notification will be sent to your uconn.edu address.

If you do not receive your email voting notification, please contact supprt@directvote.net or Gina DeVivo Brassaw at ginadb@uconnaaup.org for assistance.

UConn-AAUP Reaches Tentative Agreement on Wages for AY24-25

Dear UConn-AAUP Members:
After several weeks of negotiating with the administration, we have reached a Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener. Just as a reminder, UConn-AAUP members agreed to a 4-year collective bargaining agreement, but Governor Lamont would only agree to 3 years of wage increases and a reopener of the 4-year for negotiations on wages for the 4th year. The terms of the agreement must be ratified by our membership and the Board of Trustees. As you can see from the message below, this was a consolidated agreement with our partners in SEBAC.

We are scheduling a virtual Membership Meeting for Friday at 9:00 am to answer any questions you may have on the agreement – here is the link to the meeting. We will have more information regarding the timeline for voting tomorrow.

 

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

GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH SEBAC ON THE PENDING WAGE REOPENER AS REQUIRED UNDER CURRENT OPERATING CONTRACT

 (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has reached a tentative agreement with the leadership of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) regarding the pending wage reopener for 2024-2025, as required under the current operating contract.

This agreement calls for the current pattern of 2.5% general wage increases and step increases to continue effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.

“Our state employees each and every day dedicate themselves to serving the people of Connecticut in many ways, including taking care of our most vulnerable, educating our children, protecting our safety, and many other responsibilities upon which we rely,” Governor Lamont said. “This agreement continues the current wage pattern, reflecting our need to ensure the retention of our best employees while recognizing the need to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. I want to thank our union partners and our negotiating staff for their efforts with this agreement.”

The wage contracts will next be presented to the members of the respective unions for their approval. Once ratified by the union members, those contracts will then be presented to the members of the General Assembly for their approval, as required by state statutes.

 

 

 

 

UConn-AAUP March 1, 2024 Update

UConn-AAUP Outstanding Contribution Award
UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Vote supporting National Labor Network Ceasefire
Higher Education Committee Forum 2/27
UConn-AAUP & Labor Coalition Partners Rally at the Board of Trustees Meeting 2/28
UConn-AAUP Leaders support Teach-In Efforts to Students
UConn-AAUP In the News

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UConn-AAUP Outstanding Contribution Award
The UConn-AAUP Chapter is pleased to once again to solicit nominations for the Outstanding Contribution Award to honor a former or current UConn-AAUP member who has provided exceptional leadership and service to the members of the chapter.
The award, presented in the form of a certificate of recognition and a memorial located on one of the campuses or UConn-AAUP property, is given at the annual spring meeting in April.
Nominations should be submitted prior to March 20th in the form of a supporting letter which should address the following criteria:

  1. Demonstration of the candidate’s sustained commitment and service to the chapter.
  2.  Demonstrated leadership on behalf of the members of the chapter.
  3. Recognized accomplishments made to the chapter attributed to the candidate.

This is a great way to honor those that have demonstrated the values vital to protecting the professoriate. If you know of a colleague who has set themselves apart in sustained service to the chapter, please send your recommendation to the UConn-AAUP office.
Letters of support can be mailed to our office at 1875 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268 or emailed to Barbara Kratochvil BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org.

UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Vote supporting National Labor Network Ceasefire
The UConn-AAUP Executive Committee voted to join other US unions and sign supporting the national labor network ceasefire, as expressed by the National Labor Network For Ceasefire.

Higher Education Committee Forum 2/27
On February 27th, UConn-AAUP spoke to members of the Higher Education Committee as part of a Higher Education Forum to support.  Michael Bailey spoke about issues facing our campuses and our members and answered questions regarding top priorities.

UConn-AAUP & Labor Coalition Partners Rally at the Board of Trustees Meeting 2/28
On Wednesday February 28th, members of UConn-AAUP, GEU-UAW, UCPEA & AFSCME rallied before the Board of Trustees.  Over 75 members joined with a joint message that the current 5 year plan does not work and asked for accountability and transparency from UConn Administration.  The coalition partners all agree that we must be working towards a request to fully-fund UConn.

UConn-AAUP supports Teach-In Efforts to Students
The first teach-in occurred in Waterbury on 2/20 with over 30 students attending and two faculty members taking the lead.  On February 28th multiple faculty members came together to support a teach-in on the state budget and to rally the students back to Wilbur Hall for a rally at the Board of Trustees.  Interested in supporting a similar effort on your campus? Or again here at Storrs? Check out the materials on our website: or contact Gina at ginadb@uconnaaup.org for additional information.

UConn-AAUP in the News

Jeffrey Ogbar Editorial Making sense of the UConn Budget
UConn asks for $47 million more to avoid cuts- Stamford Advocate
UConn students, faculty rally against budget cuts (wtnh.com)
UConn students, staff speak out about proposed budget cuts – NBC Connecticut
UConn students, faculty rally against budget cuts (msn.com)
Board of Trustees meeting overshadowed by protest  | The Daily Campus

 

 

 

UConn-AAUP February 26, 2024 Update

UConn-AAUP February 26, 2024 Update

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UConn-AAUP Testimony to the Appropriations Committee
UConn-AAUP Day of Action: February 28th
Upcoming Statewide Events
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UConn-AAUP Testimony to the Appropriations Committee

Last week, UConn leadership presented to the State Appropriations Committee regarding the $70 M shortfall in the FY25 budget with a request for more permanent funding. UConn-AAUP came out in large numbers to show concern for the leadership’s 5-year Financial Plan to compensate for the budget shortfall and to also to fully fund the UConn budget request moving forward. Over 185 members wrote testimony voicing their concerns. We also had four members that gave testimony in person voicing their personal experiences and the significance of the cuts on their departments/areas. Special shout out to the UConn-AAUP Organizing Committee for sending information out to all members and encouraging people to submit testimony.

 UConn-AAUP Day of Action at Board of Trustees Meeting
On Wednesday Feb. 28, 2024, at 9:00 am, the Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting at the Wilber Cross, North Reading Room. UConn-AAUP, GEU-UAW, UCPEA, and AFSCME will be holding a joint day-of-action at the Storrs campus. Join us & help continue to fight for a fully funded UConn budget.

Here are 3 ways you can support the effort:

1) Spread the Word Send a message to your department email lists, text our digital flyer to your friends and colleagues, post to social media!

2) Show up! Join our events at 8:15am, 9am, 10:30am, or 11:30am Wednesday. Sign-up here to let us know when you can attend. People show our strength! UConn-AAUP members need to clearly convey to the BoT that the current financial plan does not put students first and will greatly impact teaching, learning and research. We also need to have accountability and transparency from UConn administration, and we need to continue to advocate for more permanent funding from the state legislature.

3) Share 10:30am-11:30am event details with students! Our Teach-in & Activism Event (10:30am McHugh 101) is aimed at spreading awareness of the proposed budget cuts with undergrads and giving opportunities to act immediately. We will have UConn faculty and grad students presenting info on the budget cuts and their potential impact to students. We’ll have tools to take action on this issue. And we invite everyone who wants a fully funded UConn to join us as we march from McHugh to Wilbur Cross at 11:30am. We want to make sure the Board of Trustees hears us again before their meeting adjourns.
Questions please reach out to Gina at ginadb@uconnaaup.org

Upcoming Statewide Events

February 27th: Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee Forum on Challenges faced on Public Colleges and Universities tomorrow at 11:30 am to 3:00.  Join us to show support and solidarity for fully funding Higher Education.  Committee room 1C in the Legislative Office Building.

March 1st:  Keep UConn Health Public! UConn Health Coalition Town Hall with Comptroller Sean Scanlon on Friday, March 1 at 12:30 pm in Farmington  at the UCHC Keller Auditorium- sign up here  if you can attend

In Solidarity,

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer

 

UConn-AAUP February 19, 2024 Update

State Rally to support Higher Education Funding on 2/20
On February 20th we will be joining together with members of AFT CT Affiliated unions at the State Capitol to voice our opposition to the significant budget cuts coming to the CSCU system & UConn.  To send a strong message we hope you will come with your UConn-AAUP shirt.  Pizza will be available beginning at 5:30 in the LOB cafeteria followed by a press conference.  At 7:30pm members and advocates will attend the hearing on the impact of the cuts on CSCU and UConn

We hope you will come and support the message of more permanent funding for Higher Education.  Here is a link to information on how to submit written testimony.

Questions, please reach out to Gina at ginadb@uconnaaup.org

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 February 13, 2024 Update

UConn-AAUP February 13, 2024 Update

UConn-AAUP Message from President Ogbar
State Rally to support Higher Education Funding on 2/20
Virtual Forum for Tenure Track Positions
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Dear UConn-AAUP Community,

I hope that your first few weeks of the spring semester are off to a great start! The first few weeks of the year have been busy for the UConn-AAUP chapter. As you are likely aware, Governor Lamont has proposed a new budget for the University that falls short of our budgetary needs by about $70M for the Storrs and regional campuses. Due to state spending “fiscal guardrails,” additional support for higher education will be very difficult, unless state lawmakers forge new laws to grant new spending. Given the impending budget cuts– and their extraordinary potential for harm–the union has initiated a series of meetings with faculty across campus. These include two listening sessions on the budget plan that over 190 people attended. Fifty members joined the organizing committee; they created flyers, organized the informational picket on Jan. 23, and a response to the University Senate. In addition to an estimated 150 people who gathered at the informational picket, about 1,000 one-page informational sheets were handed out.

We engaged 65 Members in a non-tenure track listening session and helped facilitate multiple articles, interviews, and sharing of information in the media (found here: 2024 UConn Budget Information – UConn-AAUP (uconnaaup.org). We have been amazed at the energy, interest, and general involvement of members across the University to demand a sounder budget from state lawmakers. A diverse set of strategies have included flyers, posters, and t-shirts that have been worn at statewide conversations on the budget and its impact to all higher education units. We have also remained in conversation with University leadership about strategies in conversations with lawmakers in our mutual desire to secure a healthy budget for UConn.

Ultimately, the strength and success of our efforts rest on the solidarity with our broader community and membership in particular. We are in this together to support, protect and advocate collectively for our interests. Please visit our UConn-AAUP website for additional resources and information regarding budgets and state support.

Membership matters as we have the resources to research, defend and advocate on behalf of all our members. We want to continue to hear from members, through collective actions.

In solidarity,
Jeffrey Ogbar
UConn-AAUP President

State Rally to support Higher Education Funding on 2/20 5:30 -7:30pm State Capitol
On February 20th we will be joining together with members of AFT CT Affiliated unions at the State Capitol to voice our opposition to the significant budget cuts coming to the CSCU system & UConn.  To send a strong message we hope you will come with your UConn-AAUP shirt.  Pizza will be available beginning at 5:30 in the LOB cafeteria followed by a press conference.  At 7:30pm members and advocates will attend the hearing on the impact of the cuts on CSCU and UConn

We hope you will come and support the message of more permanent funding for Higher Education.  We will send out information on how to submit written testimony later in the week.
Sign up so we know you are coming! Sign-Up! Higher Ed Night at the Capitol – 2/20 – Google Sheets
Questions please reach out to Gina at ginadb@uconnaaup.org

UConn-AAUP Forum for Tenured Faculty
Tuesday, February 13th 7:00-8:00pm via zoom using this link  

UConn-AAUP supports teaching, research and coaching professionals at Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Storrs and Waterbury.  We are a member-led, member-supported organization dedicated to advancing the rights of all teaching, research, and coaching professionals.

We are interested in connecting with you as a member in the bargaining unit.   You are all valued members of the organization and your voices and experiences matter as we want to ensure you have the best experience here at UConn and as a member of UConn-AAUP.

This session will be facilitated by Eric Shultz; Professor Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Fiona Somerset Professory of English and Co-Director of Medieval Studies Program. The goal of this session is to have a discussion as to your experiences here at UConn, answer questions and discuss ways UConn-AAUP can best support you in your work.

Please register so we know you are coming! FORUM REGISTRATION

In Solidarity

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

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Act Today

Leaders of the UConn Labor Coalition (UCLC) are outraged by President Maric’s February 7 message regarding the proposed state budget which exclusively places the University’s growing budget shortfalls on the backs of its unionized workers again.

This statement is offensive and false and we demand an immediate retraction.  

It is also in stark contrast to the values regularly articulated by university leaders, most recently in the strategic plan, which states, “To serve our students, foster innovation, and uphold academic excellence, we prioritize supporting our faculty and staff, celebrating their achievements, and enabling growth.”

The University’s true values are reflected in the budget and spending priorities. This statement showcases that the administration’s priorities are not with their employees or students even though time and again they push the message that “investing in UConn and our students is an investment in Connecticut, its people, and its future.” 

Every year, we raise our voices at the state legislature to ensure UConn gets the funding it needs. The Administration needs to recognize the contributions we have made to help with the legislative priorities of UConn and UConn Health. President Maric’s message does the exact opposite.

The UConn Labor Coalition (UCLC) is looking at all possibilities for response. We need the membership to be as outraged as we are. Please reach out to President Maric and let her know how insensitive her message is.

Call President Maric’s office today and demand that she immediately retract this comment and stand in solidarity with the faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate workers who help make up the “UConn Nation.” Her email is president@uconn.edu and the office phone number is (860) 486-2337