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April 24, 2017
2017 Election Results
The following people have been elected:
1. Officers: for a term of 2 years, from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2019.
- President Steve Newman CLA/English
- Vice President Jennie Shanker Tyler/Art Ed, Community Arts
- Treasurer Norma Corrales-Martin CLA/Spanish and Portuguese
2. Constituency Committee Members:
Two 3-year positions on the Tenured/Tenure Track Constituency Committee - from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2020:
- Karen Palter CST/Biology
- Marsha Weinraub CLA/Psychology
Two 3-year positions on the Non-Tenure Track Constituency Committee - from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2020:
- Kolson Schlosser CLA/Geography and Urban Studies
- Jeff Doshna Tyler/Community and Regional Planning
Four 3-year positions on the Adjunct Constituency Committee - from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2020:
- Paul Dannenfelser CPH/Social Work
- Carol Jenkins CLA/Political Science
- George Foley FSBM/Marketing
- Wende Marshall CLA/Anthropology
3. Alternate Delegates:
Five 1-year positions: from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018, to represent the TAUP at the AFTPA, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and other affiliates’ meetings:
- Joyce Lindorff BCMD/Keyboard
- Paul Dannenfelser CPH/Social Work
- Andrew Mossin CLA/Intellectual Heritage
- Max Avener CST/Mathematics
- Unfilled position
Congratulations to all those elected!
April 21, 2017
Unemployment Compensation Workshop for Adjuncts, Thursday, April 27, 5-6 pm
In January, the Labor Department updated its Unemployment Compensation guidelines, and adjuncts who may have had trouble filing in the past may find they can now apply and receive benefits.
The United Academics of Philadelphia, located near Temple, will be holding an Unemployment Compensation Workshop for faculty who are considering applying. The workshop can help you to understand if you are eligible, what language to use in your application to avoid raising red flags, and more.
The workshop is free, but you must register to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZfyJn1GiUO5w5060YrAphdCOYB8LImv3OCnf2URs-ZR699Q/viewform?c=0&w=1
Here's some information on the new language from the Labor Department
The United Academics of Philadelphia is AFT's citywide adjunct faculty labor organization. They're located at 601 N. 12th Street (at Green Street).
April 20, 2017
Considering the Establishment of a Members of Color Caucus and other Caucuses in TAUP
The Mission set forth in the Constitution ratified last year by TAUP's members reads in part: "We uphold the ideals of Opportunity, Quality, and Accountability and maintain that faculty, librarians, and academic professionals, on all tracks and of all ranks, must be treated as professionals." If those ideals are to be upheld, we must work to ensure that racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of violence are recognized and combated.
One way to accomplish those goals is to organize caucuses that would allow members to share experiences, identify problems that fall within the purview of TAUP, and find potential solutions.
Some Faculty of Color have been discussing this possibility and want to see if others would be interested in such a caucus; librarians and academic professionals would also be very welcome, so Members of Color Caucus is our working title for the group!
We will be holding exploratory meetings on Tuesday, 4/25 and Wednesday, 4/26 from 10-11 in Gladfelter 413. If you are interested, even if you cannot attend either meeting, RSVP here.
We are also considering caucuses for women and LGBTQIA+ members, depending on the interest of our members. If you would be interest in discussing the possibility of a Women’s and/or LGBTQIA+ caucus, please email Steve Newman, Vice President of TAUP, email@example.com.
April 17, 2017
Standing AGAINST Trump’s Disastrous Budget and
Marching FOR Science
Like our national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, TAUP rejects President Donald Trump’s catastrophic proposed budget. Below, we suggest some ways you can join us in fighting it, by contacting your congressional representatives and by participating in the March for Science.
Trump’s budget plan inflicts grievous harm on the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, and many others with double-digit percentage cuts, and it zeros out the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
These agencies provide irreplaceable research and programming support for faculty and librarians in TAUP and across our nation. This research money is also crucial to producing the basic science and applied knowledge, the drugs, the inventions, the artworks, the scholarly inquiries, and the innovative programs that address our most pressing problems.
Our students will also suffer greatly if this budget is adopted in part or whole, both those already at Temple and those we hope are on the way. Trump’s proposed budget eliminates $732 million in federal funding offered through the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program. It raids the so-called Pell surplus, stripping $3.9 billion from those reserves, which could be used to help more low-income students. It cuts $2.4 billion for K-12 professional development and class-size reduction and $1.2 billion in community schools, before- and after-school programs, and summer programs.
Then there’s the blow it deals to hungry students. Pennsylvania is among the states that increases food stamp assistance to those who receive help from the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which Trump’s budget eliminates. As Temple’s and TAUP’s own Sara Goldrick-Rab has shown, a shocking number of students in higher ed suffer from hunger and food insecurity. Fewer loans, more hunger, more public schools undercut by a push toward charter schools—this is terrible news for our students and for Temple.
Who else loses in this budget proposal, inside and outside higher ed? Those who need housing assistance, people with disabilities seeking employment, and everybody who needs clean air and clean water. Who wins? The only winners seem to be the wealthiest, who would enjoy a sizeable tax cut, defense contractors, and those whose job it is to track down and deport undocumented immigrants.
Of course, this budget is only a proposal; and it has elicited negative reactions from both Democrats and Republicans, one of the few things they seem to agree on! But we cannot be complacent in opposing it.
Here are two ways to do so:
First, contact your US House Representatives and Senators! As the recent victory over the American Health Care Act shows, legislators do respond to pressure from constituents. If you’re not sure who your representatives on Capitol Hill are, see this site from Common Cause, which also lists bills they’ve sponsored and contributions they’ve received. You can find the list of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, which is the one most central to formulating a federal budget here.
Second, consider joining the March for Science, April 22nd, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Washington, D. C., with a “satellite march” in Philadelphia at the same time (along with 513 other marches)! We’re proud to say that TAUP has been accepted as a partner of the March for Science. TAUP is happy to embrace the March’s mission to advocate for “robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity” and its “five overarching goals: humanize science, support the scientific process and scientists, advocate for accessible and inclusive science, partner with the public, and enable the use of science to improve society.” Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend one of these marches. We are aiming to put together a TAUP contingent.
Of course, there are a great many more marches and other actions opposing President Trump’s policies. In another e-bulletin, we’ll be letting you know about some actions you can participate in on May 1st that call attention to the threat these policies pose to working people, especially those in unions, and to public education.
We are also eager to hear any suggestions you have. But whatever you decide to do about the proposed budget, please do something. It is in your self-interest as well as the interests of your colleagues, the United States, and the world as a whole. TAUP will be doing whatever we can to oppose this toxic proposal and fight for our colleagues, our students and our communities. Please join us!