UConn-AAUP Update: March 19, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: March 19, 2024
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UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement Voting Results
UConn Budget Town Hall Reminder
Parking Update
Preparation for a New Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fall 2025
Campus Speech in Politically Charged Times


UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement Voting Results
UConn-AAUP members overwhelmingly voted to ratify the 4th Year Wage Reopener.  Thank you to all the members that voted this past week.  Should you want to review the tentative agreement; information can be found here:   UConn-AAUP Tentative Agreement on FY25 Wage Reopener – UConn-AAUP (uconnaaup.org)  The agreement will be brought for approval at a special session of the Board of Trustees this coming Wednesday.  We will keep you updated as additional information is available.

UConn Budget Town Hall Reminder
UConn-AAUP encourages all members to attend the UConn planned town hall meeting happening this Wednesday 12:00-1:00 in the Student Union Theater. We strongly encourage members to ask questions and call for the administration to be transparent about their fiscal plans. If you can not attend in person, please attend virtually.

Parking Update
UConn-AAUP leaders and staff met with UConn parking officials last week to discuss parking concerns around South campus.  The area under development will continue to see further development moving forward impacting parking in and around South campus. There will be additional updates in the coming weeks in regards to parking on campus.

Preparation for a New Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fall 2025
As 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

Campus Speech in Politically Charged Times Virtual Discussion: Thursday, April 4, 2024 2:00-3:00pm

National AAUP will be hosting a virtual discussion of the current battle over political speech on campus. Policy experts and chapters leaders from the AAUP and AFT will delve into how the AAUP’s policies on academic freedom and campus speech apply to the current campus free speech situation, what faculty at different campuses are facing on the ground, and how chapters are working to protect speech rights.
Participants include:

  1. Greg Scholtz, senior program officer, AAUP Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, & Governance
  2. Amy Offner, AAUP-Penn chapter
  3. Katie Rodgers, president of UC-AFT, the union which represents non-senate faculty and academic librarians in the University of California system
  4. Hank Reichman, former chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom & Tenure

Registration is available here.