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TAUP Constitution and Bylaws
FAQs About Changes to the TAUP Constitution and Bylaws
Know Your Rights!: Public Employee Relations Act
New Procedural Guidelines for the Appointment, Reappointment and Promotion of Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Proposal to Expand Tuition Benfits for Dependent Children
Faculty Merit Awards
15-16 for AY 14-15
Librarian Merit Awards 15-16 for AY 14-15
Acad Pro Merit Awards 15-16 for AY 14-15
Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement
Your Right to a TAUP Representative
TAUP 2016 Audit Results for FY2015 Available to All TAUP Members
TAUP Constitution and Bylaws
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TAUP Member Benefits
May 31, 2016
Constitution Changes Approved Overwhelmingly
Adjuncts Now Are Voting Members of TAUP
Changes Revamp Leadership Structure
The new era for Temple faculty has reached yet another milestone. TAUP members voted 89.5% “Yes” for the package of amendments to the TAUP Constitution & Bylaws. Principal among these changes are to:
Click here to view the full text of the new document. It can also be found on our website, taup.org, along with FAQs related to the changes.
- Create Constituency Councils for TT/T faculty, NTT faculty, Adjunct faculty, and Librarians, so that each constituency has a strong voice.
- Balance the faculty constituencies with equal representation on the new Executive Committee.
- Elect constituency representatives directly by that constituency.
- Make adjunct faculty who have signed membership cards into voting TAUP members.
- Define TAUP’s mission broadly to reflect our actual activities, reflect our values, and explain who we are.
- Set adjunct dues and restructure dues for full-time members.
We’re excited to begin the work involved in implementation of these changes. Most will require weeks or months to work out. Adjuncts who signed up for membership will be added to our membership rolls over the next few weeks. The dues changes will go into effect in July because of the time needed to make changes to our records. Elections for Constituency Councils will be initiated early in the Fall Semester.
Meanwhile, the TAUP Negotiating Team will continue to meet with Temple administration’s team to negotiate an addendum covering adjuncts to the existing contract. We’ll keep you up to date on any developments throughout the summer.
The voting, which took place between May 5 and May 26, was conducted among all TAUP members in good standing as of May 5. Approval by two-thirds of those voting was needed for passage.
Now we go forward as a unified faculty, librarians and academic professionals.
Have a great summer!
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.