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August 29, 2014

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Happy Labor Day!

TAUP heartily welcomes back all faculty and staff at the start of the fall semester!  After an intense week of class meetings, it’s great that we get a three-day weekend to celebrate Labor Day, the holiday for all working people, including you.  Aside from enjoying the time off, spare some time to remember the struggles we’ve had here at Temple to achieve successes at the bargaining table.  And remember the struggles others in the labor force still face.

Together with Temple administration, TAUP is still working on negotiations for a new contract to replace the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires on October 15.  We have had initial discussions about non-economic issues but have yet to discuss economic ones, such as pay and benefits.  The discussions have been cordial so far.  We’ll be keeping you posted regularly on contract talks in the coming weeks.

While we have no agreement yet on raises and merit pay, TAUP encourages faculty members who were here last year to fill out and submit your Annual Report of Faculty Achievement (ARoFA) before the deadline of Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

For a number of years, submission of these forms has been required for individuals to be considered for merit pay awards.  Last May, more than $1.6 million was added to the paychecks of 767 faculty members through the merit process.  Assuming the process this year will be similar to last year, don’t miss out on your chance to be rewarded for your achievements in teaching, research and service.

Again, Happy Labor Day!

On behalf of TAUP,

Art Hochner


July 28, 2014

Temple’s Trustees Pass Budget, Raise Tuition

Following the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s July 10 approval of Temple’s state appropriation of $146.5 million, the Temple University Board of Trustees approved the University’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 on July 17.  This is the first budget under the fully-implemented decentralized budgeting system (aka RCM).

Some highlights of Temple’s proposed budget:

  • Undergraduate base tuition for in- and out-of state students will be increased by $600 or a blended increase of 3.69%.”  Blended is a kind of average because there are differential tuition rates for different schools.  Thus, for lower-tuition schools, like CLA and Education, the increase for Pennsylvania residents is 4.5% and for non-PA residents, it is 2.6%.  Some schools have higher base tuition rates, such as Fox SBM, where the $600 increase for PA residents is 3.4% and for non-PA residents is 2.0%.
  • Mandatory student fees remain unchanged.
  • Fall 2014 freshmen enrollment is projected to increase by 200 students and out-of-state undergraduate students to increase by 0.5% to 22.1%.
  • Student financial aidwill increase by $9.645 million, i.e., by 12.5%.
  • Total salary and benefits costs are budgeted to increase by $12.108 million.

With respect to salary and benefits, there’s no indication of what portion is slated for raises for faculty, librarians and academic professionals in the TAUP bargaining unit.  Since the total of base salaries for the over 1,400 individuals in the bargaining unit as of June 30 was $130.1 million, each one percent increase would cost $1.3 million.

Temple administration and TAUP are engaged in contract talks, but we have been waiting for Pennsylvania to decide on our appropriation and for the Board of Trustees to pass the budget before discussing economic issues, i.e., pay and benefits.  Thus, neither side has put proposals on the table.  We hope to start those discussions in late August.

Temple’s state appropriation for the coming fiscal year – $139.9 million under the PA Department of Education and $6.5 million under the Department of Public Welfare – remains unchanged from last year.  Even so, Temple projects that the total of increased revenues will match the total of increased expenditures.

The budget document distributed to the Board of Trustees comprises just seven pages, plus 10 pages giving the new tuition rates in the various schools and colleges.  It is impossible to get either a detailed picture of budget changes from last year to this one, or any idea where the money goes in the schools/colleges and other budget units.  We certainly hope that the onset of decentralized budgeting will make these details more transparent.  Temple is Philadelphia’s public university; all of its operations should be open to the public’s understanding.


July 22, 2014

TAUP’s Annual Audit for 2013

In February, 2014, as we do annually, TAUP submitted to a financial review of the 2013 fiscal year (January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013) by the American Federation of Teachers.  Yhasmine Bryan, AFT Assistant Director for Financial Operations, performed the audit in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and in compliance with the AFT’s Constitution and Bylaws.

The results of the financial review were received in June 2014, and the full report was presented to and accepted by the TAUP Executive Committee at the regular monthly meeting on Monday June 16, 2014.  The auditor’s report found our financial records and internal controls to be in good condition.

TAUP dues paying members may view the complete report by request at the TAUP office at 1900 N 13th St, Barton Hall, room A231.  Contact John DiBenedetto at 1-7641 or taupaft@aol.com.

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