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October 12, 2015

Do You Know Your Rights Under PA Labor Law?

Dear colleagues,

It’s an exciting time as adjunct faculty across Temple’s campuses are getting ready to vote to join TAUP. The administration has tried for months, years even, to divide us, pitting one group of faculty against another. As we have seen, that strategy has not been effective. It’s time for us, the over 2,500 who teach Temple students on a daily basis, to stand as one united faculty of this University.

Organizing campaigns might not be something most of us have any expertise in, so I wanted to take this time to educate us all on what is legal during a union campaign.  The Pennsylvania Public Employe Relations Act lays out clearly what Temple administrators (including Department Chairs) are and are not allowed to say or do during this period of time.

You might have conversations with and receive messages from administrators that seem unusual.

If you want to talk about it, let me know and we’ll respond.

Please forward this message to your Department Chair, so that he or she may be informed.

In Solidarity,
Art Hochner

October 6, 2015

Sabbatical Award Applications Due November 4

Attention TAUP Faculty:  The application for sabbaticals to be taken in 2016-2017 must be in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs by November 4, 2015. 

If you haven’t started already, NOW is the time to fill out the application. Besides basic identifying information, the application must include a written proposal covering the three primary criteria on which decision for sabbaticals are based:
  1. The importance of the project.
  2. The feasibility of the project
  3. The applicant’s record of effective use of previous awards.
Sabbaticals are a wonderful opportunity to get out of your routine and focus on work that has special meaning for you.  Don’t let this opportunity pass.  Every year sabbaticals go unused because not enough people apply.  If you have a thoughtful, creative project you will likely receive a sabbatical.

You can get a sabbatical not only for conducting research but also for improving teaching.  According to Article 23 (University Supported Research) of the Temple -TAUP contract:

The purpose of sabbaticals shall be to pursue professional development, to conduct research and/or creative activities, and/or to develop methods and materials to improve teaching and curricula with the outcome of increasing the individual’s future contribution to the University.

There are three pools for sabbatical awards, based on faculty track and rank.Tenured faculty must have accrued six years at Temple before applying for a sabbatical.
  1. Tenure-track faculty may apply for a sabbatical to be taken in the fourth or fifth year of full-time service at Temple.  Such a sabbatical does not stop the tenure clock.
  2. Nontenure-track NTTs must have worked for 10 full years at Temple before being eligible for consideration for a sabbatical.
 Sabbaticals from one pool cannot be moved to another.

Faculty on one-semester sabbaticals receive full pay and benefits.  Faculty on year-long sabbatical receive 65% pay an all the usual benefits.  With the approval of the dean, faculty on year-long leaves may earn from external sources up to 35% of their annual university salary.

As a general principle, the faculty member is expected to devote his/her full time and effort while on sabbatical to carrying out the project described in the sabbatical proposal.  Faculty who are granted sabbaticals are required to return to his/her position at Temple for at least one year.

Even if you have not accrued enough time since your last sabbatical, there is flexibility in the rules that may allow you to take another early.  Think about trying something new in your career.  Take time off from your routine, and come back recharged.

October 1, 2015

PLRB Decision is a Victory for Unity

Dear Colleagues,

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) ruled this week that adjunct and full-time faculty, librarians and academic professionals in TAUP schools and colleges “clearly share an identifiable community of interest.”  They ordered that an election be held among adjuncts on whether they want to be included in the existing bargaining unit. The PLRB further ordered that Temple administration “shall within ten (10) days from the date hereof [September 29] submit to the Board a current alphabetized list of the names and addresses of the employes [sic] eligible for inclusion in the unit.”  At this time, the schedule for the election has not been specified.

This is a great day for our union, and I am excited that adjuncts will finally be able to vote after many months of delay.  Adjuncts deserve a voice and a seat at the table.  Not only do we have a legal community of interest, but we also have many common interests: our students’ education, the advancement of knowledge, Temple’s historic mission, and our material well-being.

The PLRB rejected every one of Temple administration’s arguments.  You may read the decision itself here.  They cited many reasons for their finding of a community of interest: “identical teaching responsibilities,” working “on the same campuses and in the same classrooms,” teaching “the same courses,” and having “nearly the same educational requirements.” Both groups are “typically expected to have a terminal degree in their field.” Adjuncts “have offices in the same areas as full-time faculty members, and sometimes even share offices with” them.  “If that were not enough, adjunct faculty members interact with full- time faculty members on a regular basis.”  Further, “Temple's argument that there is an alleged conflict of interest between the adjunct and full-time faculty, which destroys any community of interest, is untenable.”  Other issues raised by Temple were similarly dismissed.

Yesterday, you may have received an e-mail from Provost Dai announcing the decision with disapproval and a divisive message.  Much as they did in Harrisburg in the PLRB hearings from March to August, the Administration continues to try to pit full-time and part-time faculty against each other in the hopes of discouraging us from supporting our adjunct colleagues in their effort to be represented by our union.  I have heard that some Deans are telling tenure-track and NTT faculty that any gains adjuncts make in contract negotiations will come at the full-time faculty’s expense.

But this is not a zero-sum game; that is clear from the gains in recent contracts for both tenure-track and NTT faculty as well as librarians and academic professionals.  What’s more, Temple is prospering.  Its overall resources are growing. The University broke its fundraising record for the fifth straight year, and recently received the largest single donation in its history. At the same time, more and more administrative positions continue to be created.  We are committed to the proposition that the people responsible for teaching and advising students and for generating new knowledge must also share in the prosperity they are crucial to engendering.

What I've learned in my 37 years at Temple is that everyone does better when we bargain together. Our union includes full-time tenured and nontenured faculty, librarians, and academic professionals. There is plenty of room for adjuncts as well. Once they vote to join TAUP, our union will have a united faculty, working to balance the interests of all, and will be even stronger than before.

TAUP is currently working to draft amendments to our Constitution & Bylaws to bring adjuncts into our union, presuming they vote in favor of inclusion.  Current TAUP members will vote on these amendments when they are ready, and a two-thirds vote in favor is required for any changes.

I signed a pledge to support our adjunct colleagues as they vote union yes , and I encourage you to do the same. TAUP will continue to send updates as we learn more details about the upcoming election, and we look forward to seeing adjuncts join us soon.

In solidarity,
Art Hochner
TAUP President

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