UConn-AAUP Update: September 16, 2022


University COVID Protocols for Bargaining Unit

In responding to our concerns regarding the protocols of how bargaining unit members should address COVID-like symptoms of their own, the administration has acknowledged that they continue to monitor the status of the pandemic and encourage all faculty to review the Campus Guidelines and the HR website. For those who have concerns with COVID exposures, positive COVID tests, and notification procedures, information can be found on the COVID Decision Trees on the HR website. According to the University COVID page on Campus Guidelines, physical distancing is not required inside or outside, and masking is not required outside and not required inside with some very limited settings. The University will share appropriate updates, as needed.

UConn-AAUP Files Labor Board Complaint

In response to the University implementing the “Guidelines for the Development of Faculty Workload Assignment Policies”, UConn-AAUP filed a Labor Board complaint that this is a mandatory subject of bargaining and that the administration bargained in bad faith for not bringing it to the recent negotiations. We will keep you posted on any progress.

Representative Assembly

A Representative Assembly, also known as a steward’s program, was instituted in 2014 to allow for representatives of every department to meet monthly with chapter leadership and be updated on important and timely information. This information would then be transmitted to faculty during department meetings. The Assembly is led by a Speaker who has a seat on the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee. The first meeting of the Assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Please contact Barbara barbarak@uconnaaup.org if you would like to inquire about being a representative for your department.

Save the Date – Members’ Only Meeting/Luncheon – October 19, 2022, 12 noon – 2:00 pm – Student Union Room #331, Storrs Campus.

In Solidarity:

Jeffrey Ogbar, President

Jean McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director