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FAQs About Proposed changes to the TAUP Constitution and Bylaws
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Acad Pro Merit Awards 15-16 for AY 14-15
Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement
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May 16, 2016
TAUP Contract Gives Merit Pay to Faculty,
Librarians & Academic Professionals
Hundreds of faculty, librarians, and academic professionals covered by the TAUP contract are receiving merit awards in 2016 for activities in 2014-2015. In all, these awards amount to $1,393,000 in base salary raises to these individuals. Congratulations to our colleagues!
Feel free to download and examine the data for faculty, librarians, and academic professionals. The lists are sorted according to college and department; they provide name, track (e.g., tenured, tenure-track, or NTT faculty), units by category, and totals.
For the past three academic years we have had two faculty merit pools – one for NTTs and one for T/TTs. This year 357 NTT faculty received 752.5 units, valued at $600 each, for an average award of $1,264, while 472 T/TT faculty received 1512.5 merit units, for an average award of $1,923.
Among librarians, 15 individuals received 54 units, for an average award of $1,260. Likewise, 20 academic professionals got 43 units, for an average award of $753.
Article 21 (Salary Increases) of the Temple-TAUP contract sets the amount of merit available each year, and the manner in which the awards are decided. The merit pools for all constituencies were 1.125% of total base salaries.
Merit increases will appear in your May 2016 paycheck. Here is a brief explanation of what to look for in your pay stub. Merit is retroactive to January 2016, so in May you’ll receive a lump sum for 4 months and your base pay will be increased compared to your April gross salary.
For faculty, each merit unit is worth $600 added to your base salary, i.e., $50 per monthly paycheck.
Merit for faculty comes in three categories:
- R = Research/Scholarship/Creative work
- T = Teaching/Instruction
- S = Service
For librarians and academic professionals, each unit is worth $350 added to your base salary, $29.17 in your monthly gross pay.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email TAUP Member Services Director Terry Kilpatrick in the TAUP office, or call her at 215-763-2287.
May 2, 2016
Exciting Developments for TAUP's Future
I’m happy to tell you about two important developments that TAUP and our members are looking forward to, which will launch our union into a new era.
- This week, TAUP will send out information and a formal request to our members to vote on approval of the changes to our Constitution & Bylaws that we’ve been discussing with them over the past few months.
- Next week, the TAUP Negotiating Team (NT) will meet with Temple administration’s team to initiate negotiations over the inclusion of adjuncts into our collective bargaining agreement.
Constitution & Bylaws Amendments
Since the beginning of the spring semester, TAUP activists and leaders have met with hundreds of members individually and in several town hall meetings to discuss the changes to our own governing document that the Executive Committee (EC) drafted. Based on the positive feedback we’ve received, we believe that TAUP members are now ready for an official vote. It is important that the integration of the adjunct faculty move forward into TAUP.
Within the next few days, we will send current members in good standing the exact wording of the amended Constitution & Bylaws, a word-for-word comparison with the current document, and an explanation of the changes. Members will have at least 21 days to cast votes, in accordance with Article X of the Constitution and VI of the Bylaws. Two-thirds of those voting is required for approval.
On Monday, May 9, the first meeting of the union and administration teams is scheduled to take place. The EC has appointed the following to the TAUP Negotiating Team: Steve Newman (TT, CLA/English); Norma Corrales-Martin (NTT, CLA/Spanish), Stan McDonald (NTT, CLA/English); Mara Hughes (Adjunct, CLA/Sociology); Paul Dannenfelser (Adjunct, Social Work); Wende Marshall (Adjunct, CLA/Anthro & IH); Richelle Fiore (AFT National Representative), and me (TT, FoxSBM/HRM).
Our ad hoc bargaining committee has been discussing the issues and contract articles that need to be negotiated. The results of the bargaining survey conducted among adjuncts from late 2015 to early 2016 show that compensation, job security, and benefits are the top priorities, so we’ve created subcommittees to discuss and research the variety of topics each subject presents.
Negotiations will likely take several months. We hope to have a tentative agreement to bring back for member ratification sometime during the fall semester. The existing contract for full-time members of the bargaining unit remains in force until October 15, 2018. TAUP does not intend to re-open the provisions that were already agreed to by union and management. We will keep you informed throughout the process.
I welcome your feedback, questions, and comments on these two key matters.
April 15, 2016
TAUP Members Approve Delay in Elections
TAUP members voted by 94.4% Yes to 5.6% No, to approve the following motion:
The annual election of new Executive Committee Members and Delegates for terms from 2016 to 2019 will be delayed until TAUP members pass the amended Constitution and Bylaws or, at the latest, until October 2016.
The new EC-proposed Constitution and Bylaws will realign the Executive Committee and create some new structures and positions. Thus, elections will be scheduled as soon after approval as practicable during either the Spring or Fall Semester.
If current members of the Executive Committee or Delegates do not wish to serve beyond their term, then the remaining members of the Executive Committee will follow the procedure laid out in Article IV of the Bylaws to seek replacements.
TAUP is continuing to meet with members individually and in town hall meetings to discuss the proposed changes. So far we have met with hundreds of members.