Updates & Announcements

UConn-AAUP Update: July 8, 2024

In this issue:

Passing of Barbara Kratochvil

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Barbara Kratochvil, Senior Administrative Assistant at our UConn-AAUP Chapter. Barbara served the members of the chapter for almost 15 years, usually the first person members would be introduced to upon entering the office, calling on the phone or emailing. She was cheerful, enthusiastic, always willing to help, and the wheel that kept things moving at the office.

Services will be held Saturday, July 13, 2024. Barbara’s obituary can be found here.

Michael Bailey, Executive Director UConn-AAUP
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer UConn-AAUP

UConn-AAUP Update: May 29, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: May 29, 2024

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In this issue:
Labor Board Decision and Declaratory Ruling – Course Enrollment 


Board Decision

On May 20, 2024, the CT State Board of Labor Relations released its Decision and Declaratory Ruling on course enrollment as a mandatory subject of bargaining. The Board decision can be found here.

The Board found first that “course enrollment and class size” can be used interchangeably, and as they ruled in another case, “class size is an academic policy reserved to the Petitioner (college).”

The Board also noted that it “has long recognized the general proposition that if the number of students increases so does the amount of time faculty members will have to spend on directing and supervising students at the expense of other responsibilities.”

But the Board concluded that the “University’s need for unilateral action outweighs the directness and depth of course enrollment’s impingement on faculty workload.” Despite this, the Board emphasized “that while the employer has no obligation to negotiate with the employees’ representatives about managerial decisions that lie at the core of entrepreneurial control, an employer is nevertheless required to bargain over the effects of its managerial decisions on employee working conditions.”

UConn-AAUP Response

  1. Department faculty can create and approve department documents that include accommodations for increases in course enrollments. The Decision points to ways in which departments have written Workload documents to accommodate for the number of students in a course.
    1. Animal Science faculty agreed to include “credit hour equivalencies” (CHE) in their Workload document that provides one additional CHE for teaching large classes of 75 or more.
    2. School of Business issued a Workload Policy based on “faculty workload allocations” 40% teaching, 40% research and 10% service) in which a 3-credit course is credited as 10% of workload, classes over 80 students are credited as 15% of workload and classes over 120 students are credited as 20% of workload.
    3. Computer Science and Engineering uses a formula to determine differential teaching load allocation.

The administration is required to inform UConn-AAUP of any changes to University documents that impact terms and conditions of employment – Article 8.1.  Department faculty must be vigilant to any change in University/School/College policy documents and notify UConn-AAUP as soon as possible.

  1. Improve protections and possible accommodations for increases in course enrollments to Article 30 in the next round of negotiations starting in Fall 2024.

In Solidarity,

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
David Amdur, Associate Executive Director
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer

 

 

UConn-AAUP Update: May 14, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: May 14, 2024

In this issue:

 

Special University Senate Meeting
UConn Benefits Team to Visit Campuses
CT AFL-CIO Bill to Support Striking Workers


Special University Senate Meeting

The University of Senate will be holding a special meeting of the University Senate on Monday, May, 20th, 2024 at 4:00pm

UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING AGENDA May 20, 2024 A special meeting of the University Senate will be held on Monday, May 20, 2024, Gentry Building (Neag School of Education), Room 131 and hybrid (via WebEx) Public Access Link: http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/yjtgv The agenda for this meeting is as follows: 1. Resolutions in Response to Student Protests 2. Adjournment


UConn Benefits Team to Visit Campuses

The UConn Benefits Team will be visiting each of the regional campuses during the Benefits Open Enrollment period for any employees who have questions or need assistance with making benefits changes.  Here are the dates we will be at each campus:

Regional Campus Date
Hartford Campus Monday, May 13
Stamford Campus Tuesday, May 14
Waterbury Campus Thursday, May 16
Avery Point Campus Tuesday, May 21

Please take this opportunity to meet with the UConn Benefits Team to answer any questions you may have or to make changes to your benefits during the Open Enrollment period.


CT AFL-CIO Bill to Support Striking Workers

CT AFL-CIO is supporting  House Bill 5164 that would make striking workers eligible for unemployment benefits after they have been on strike for two weeks. For more information and to send a letter to your legislative leader: https://act.aflcio.org/letters/tell-your-legislator-striking-workers-need-a-level-playing-field

In Solidarity,

Michael Bailey, Executive Director UConn-AAUP
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer UConn-AAUP

 

UConn-AAUP Update: May 10, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: May 10, 2024

In this issue:

End of the 2024 Legislative Session Message

Dear Members,

I write to you as the legislative session comes to an end with passage of the State Budget Stabilization Bill with good news and not-so-good news.

Good news, first: THANK YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS! Your efforts in reaching out to your legislators with letters, emails, one-on-one conversations, testimonies, and your persistence with university leadership over their ask of the governor and legislature have paid off! From rallies to op-eds in state newspapers, and even national media coverage, the demands for a healthy UConn budget garnered considerable attention and support. As described to us by the top legislative leaders, it was the rank-and-file members—YOU— who were able to secure more funding than the administration had initially requested in December. It has been inspiring to see chapter members amplify their voices, not only at the legislature, but at the Board of Trustees meetings and beyond.

The not-so-good news: As we were informed by the UConn CFO, any shortfall of the $96.4M ask will be made up with funds from the first year of the Provost’s Financial Plan. The total amount of funds for UConn Storrs included in the Stabilization Bill is $78.8M.

Our organizing and membership development efforts have will continue in earnest. We will build on our successes and return stronger in the fall. Your fellow colleagues are expecting this of themselves and others. We have a long, hard road ahead, but the stronger the union, the sweeter the victories.

In solidarity,

Jeffrey Ogbar
President

 

UConn-AAUP Update: May 7, 2024

In this issue:

UConn-AAUP & GEU-UAW send joint letter to President Maric
*New* Calls to Action and Library of Information page on our website
Free Speech Resources
UConn-AAUP & GEU-UAW send joint letter to President Maric

  • On Friday May 4, 2024, UConn-AAUP and GEU-UAW (Graduate Employees United) sent a joint letter to President Maric and the UConn Administration in defense of free speech and civil liberties for all UConn students. As labor unions we condemn the Administration’s mobilization of police in response to a peaceful protest.
    Read the full letter here.
  • If you know of another union that would like to sign on to this letter, please advise union leaders to email uaw6950pres@gmail.com.

*New* Calls to Action and Library of Information page on our website

In light of recent events concerning free speech and right to assembly at UConn Storrs and other college campuses across the country, UConn-AAUP has launched a new page of our website where members may share calls to action and/or contribute to a library of information. All material appearing on this page has been reviewed but not endorsed by the Executive Committee of the UConn-AAUP. To share a call to action or contribute additional information to the library, please write to ginadb@uconnaaup.org. All submissions will be reviewed by UConn-AAUP Executive Committee.

Call to Action – Sign an Open Letter from UConn Faculty to the Administration

  • A group of faculty have written an open letter deploring the university’s disproportionate response to student protest and calling for an amnesty for arrested students. The letter does not take a position on the underlying issues of Israel, Palestine, and the war in Gaza, but stresses the need for the administration to protect free speech, encourage civic discourse, and preserve the right to peaceful assembly.  The letter can be found here; signatures will be collected through at least 5pm on Tuesday May 7th.

Library Item – National AAUP

 Library Item – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Additional Free Speech Resources

UConn-AAUP will continue to develop resources on freedom of information for our members. We currently have a legal opinion for teaching faculty regarding using classroom time for discussion of the CT funding crisis and a fact sheet from National AAUP regarding campus free speech/academic freedom in politically charged times.

Check out these resources here Freedom of Speech Resources – UConn-AAUP (uconnaaup.org)

Michael Bailey, Executive Director UConn-AAUP
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer UConn-AAUP

Call to Action & Information Resources

With the recent events that have surfaced over the past couple of weeks regarding free speech and right to assembly on the UConn campus and other college campuses across the country, UConn-AAUP is providing members with a library of information for reading.

There are two sections to the resource page. One that the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee has endorsed, and one that UConn-AAUP neither endorses nor supports the material in that section.

Any additional information to the library must be approved by UConn-AAUP Executive Committee. The library includes the following:

UConn-AAUP Supports and Endorses:

National AAUP

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Free Speech Resources

UConn-AAUP has added a page that we will continue to develop with resources on freedom of information.  We currently have a legal opinion for teaching faculty regarding using classroom time for discussion on the funding crisis during instructional time and a fact sheet from National AAUP regarding campus free speech/academic freedom in politically charged times.  Check out the resources here at Freedom of Speech Resources – UConn-AAUP (uconnaaup.org)

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UConn-AAUP Has Not Voted to Endorse

  • A group of faculty have written an open letter deploring the university’s disproportionate response to student protest and calling for an amnesty for arrested students. The letter does not take a position on the underlying issues of Israel, Palestine, and the war in Gaza, but stresses the need for the administration to protect free speech, encourage civic discourse, and preserve the right to peaceful assembly.  The letter can be found here; signatures will be collected through at least 5pm on Monday May 6th.

 

 

 

 

UConn-AAUP Update: April 28, 2024

AAUP Statement of Support for Student activists

UConn students have joined students at universities across the country by setting up an encampment in defense of Palestinian life. UConnDivest established the encampment at Dove Tower (near Babbidge) on the Storrs campus and has occupied the space continuously since Thursday April 25, at 5PM.

UConn-AAUP endorses the following statement in solidarity with UConn student activists who are demonstrating in support of the Palestinian people. You can read the statement here:

https://forms.gle/txioqSa4raRuoSR79

If you would like to join your colleagues, and our students’ unfettered right to free speech and assembly you can sign the solidarity statement here and/or bear witness to the encampment with other faculty observers.

Student organizers have requested a meeting with University administration to discuss UConn’s ties to the war industry and protections for pro-Palestinian student activists. The administration has not responded to their request to meet.

The national AAUP and the UConn-AAUP has already joined numerous unions in calling for a ceasefire in Gaza:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/faculty-issues/academic-freedom/2024/02/14/aaup-joins-labor-unions-call-ceasefire-gaza

On April 24, the President of the American Association of University Professors, Dr. Irene Mulvey, condemned the crackdown of peaceful dissent across the nation.

Many faculty members across the country have signed statements in support of students’ right to protest. We invite our members to do the same. The statement is in the link below.

https://forms.gle/txioqSa4raRuoSR79

Sent on behalf of the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee

CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT NOTICE

 CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT NOTICE

Applications for the Spring 2024 Child Care Reimbursement must be submitted to the UConn-AAUP office by MAY 2, 2024.

Please note that the Spring 2023 reimbursement is for daycare provided for the months of November, December 2023 & January, February, March & April, 2024 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
Resources or Quick Links – Childcare Reimbursements

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 Update: April 22, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: April 22, 2024
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In this issue:
5-Year Financial Plan
April 17th Boar of Trustees Action
Join us! Annual Chapter Meeting
Letter Writing Campaign
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5-Year Financial Plan

Many departments and individual faculty are being asked to identify budget cuts for FY 25 and FY 26 to meet the Provost’s request. With the legislative session ending on May 8th, and thus the final decision on additional funding beyond the block grant on that date, UConn-AAUP encourages members efforts to be directed instead on contacting their legislators to advocate for the full funding for UConn and all higher education in our State.
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April 17th, Board of Trustees Action

Once again, UConn-AAUP members and coalition partners brought concern, passion, and requests to the Board of Trustees meeting on April 17th regarding the 5-Year Financial Plan. Special thanks to Mary Beth Allen, Fred Biggs, Clare King ‘oo, and Brad Simpson for expressing the physical and mental anguish that this 5-year plan is having on our faculty, staff and students in their statements to the Board. We now call on the Board Trustees to address the impact of this farcical Plan on the University.
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Join us! Annual Chapter Meeting

UConn-AAUP is hosting the annual chapter meeting on APRIL 24, 2024 – 12 NOON, Student Union, Storrs Campus Room 331
Only Active Members (those who are members of the National AAUP and are in good standing with the UConn Chapter) have the right to attend and vote in Chapter meetings. Not a member? Join now!
Please RSVP HERE TODAY!

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Letter Writing Campaign

UConn-AAUP has set a goal of writing 400+ letters to the CT Legislature by May 8th.
UConn needs an additional $96.4M to fully fund UConn above the block grant amount proposed by the Governor. Contact your legislators today!
On April 4, 2024, the Appropriations Committee sent notice that they would make little changes to the mid-biennial budget leaving UConn with a $96.4M shortfall. Senior legislative leaders Matt Ritter and Martin Looney indicated there was additional money available to invest in higher education. It is up to us to now convince those leaders and your local representatives that UConn is the right place for those available funds. Write to CT lawmakers and tell them we need an additional $96.M to prevent devastating cuts to academics and to fund all SEBAC-negotiated raises.
Below is a sample letter you can send to lawmakers. We’ve also included a link to find your legislators and their contact information. Should you have additional questions please do not hesitate to reach out! Once you contact state lawmakers, let us know here so we can track our goal of 400+ letters. You can find additional information regarding UConn-AAUP’s advocacy at our 2024 UConn Budget Page including outreach materials and recent articles.
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Use this link to look up your legislators!
SAMPLE LETTER

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Michael Bailey, Executive Director UConn-AAUP
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer UConn-AAUP