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April 21, 2014

How TAUP Works with Temple for You

Although recent e-Bulletins have talked about contract negotiations, TAUP does more for bargaining unit members than periodically produce a collective bargaining agreement.  We work with individuals every day to solve all kinds of problems.

This month an NTT who had been at Temple more than 15 years had trouble with an annual appointment.  With the cooperation and help of Temple administration, TAUP was able to work out renewal terms for her.

Recently a long-time tenured faculty member had a student who filed a complaint with the University claiming unfair treatment.  TAUP worked with the faculty member to prepare for an extensive interview with University officials.  TAUP staff and a faculty rep then stayed in touch with both the University and the faculty member for many months.  The union was able to facilitate communication with Temple, keep the faculty member apprised of developments, and reassure him when the strain of an investigation felt overwhelming.  Again, the University cooperated with TAUP, and the matter was resolved in the faculty member’s favor.

In another case of a student complaint, the TAUP Member Services Director was allowed to attend committee meetings as a proxy for a Temple faculty member who no longer lived in the area.  The faculty member was pleased to feel that his point of view was represented at these meetings, without the hassle of having to return to Philadelphia.

When faculty from a department that was holding a chair search called TAUP because the procedure was not being carried out according to what is spelled out in the contract, union staff got in touch with Labor Relations.  We received an immediate response from them, with the result that TAUP was able to ensure that the chair was chosen according to the contract, and there would be no doubts about the search’s legitimacy.

These are just a few examples of what TAUP, working with Temple, can achieve for you.  We also answer many questions about the contract and University procedures and the best way to use them.  TAUP staff often serve as liaisons between faculty and the University when a difficulty arises.  We work with Temple administration to achieve useful results for you.  We thank those in the administration who have spent time with TAUP officers, staff, and reps for their effort and cooperation in achieving satisfaction for our members.


April 17, 2014

Bargaining Issues Survey Results
Part 2: Non-Economic Issues

Last week we reported on the priorities of the 498 survey respondents with regard to pay and benefits issues.  Now we’ll focus on the non-economic issues in the survey.  We asked for ratings of importance for bargaining on 21 topics using a four-point scale from “very unimportant” to “very important.”  Members of the TAUP bargaining unit see most of these issues as either “important” or “very important.”  The results of the survey will have a large role in shaping the talks between TAUP and the administration at the bargaining table this year.  Here are some key highlights:

  • The highest priority is for multi-year contracts for senior NTTs, which receives extremely high levels of support by all types of respondents.
  • Clarifying the Provost’s role in tenure and promotion decisions is highly desired by all categories of faculty.
  • Respondents believe in strengthening shared governance.
  • Other NTT issues, such as improving reappointment procedures, promotion standards and procedures, eligibility for merit awards for research and service, are high priorities in this round of bargaining.
  • Although whether department chairs should be declared managerial employees and removed from the collective bargaining agreement awaits a decision from the PLRB, respondents strongly want chairs to remain in the bargaining unit.  In fact, faculty want to strengthen chair selection, re-election and removal procedures.
  • Setting firm standards for granting release time from teaching and taking class size into account are highly favored.

Here is a look at the most highly regarded issues in graphic form:


Let’s look a little more closely at the strength of these priorities.  For NTT multi-year contracts, one would expect high support from NTTs themselves; 97.1% of them consider this important or very important.  But tenured (Ts) and tenure-track (TTs) faculty also strongly want this, with 87.7% and 87.1% respectively sharing this attitude.  This shows an impressive amount of solidarity across categories of faculty.

Ts and TTs would naturally be expected to be more concerned than NTTs about the Provost’s role in tenure and promotion decisions, given the controversies that came up last fall.  But all categories of  faculty consider this issue to be important or very important: Ts – 89.8%; TTs – 86.2%; and NTTs – 81.1%.

Virtually no differences among respondents exist on the desire for stronger faculty role in shared governance, though there is greater support from those who have been at Temple longer.  The same goes for support to retain department chairs under the TAUP contract.

Let's examine the next five highest priorities:


These issues also have very high average scores; i.e., respondents feel quite strongly about them.  On NTT issues, there are higher levels of importance given by NTTs themselves, i.e., above 94%, but support from Ts and TTs is high, too, not dipping below 68% and usually over 75%.  Release time and class size are issues that all types of respondents – by job category, salary level, age, years at Temple, gender, and TAUP membership – rate very highly.  Thus, there is a great deal of consensus within the bargaining unit.

A number of other issues received average scores above 3.00, including: strengthening tenure procedures and standards; strengthening academic freedom protections in teaching; and improving promotion procedures for TTs.  The remaining issues fell below this average, but nonetheless are important: strengthening faculty discretion in dealing with disruptive students; the role of NTTs on merit committees; the role of NTTs in the chair selection process; intellectual property (copyright) rights in online courses and MOOCs; the role of SFFs (student feedback forms) in merit, tenure, promotion, and reappointment decisions; charging nonmembers an agency fee; standards for evaluating sabbatical proposals; and travel time between classes.

Once again, characteristics of respondents fairly well mirrored the proportions in the TAUP bargaining unit.  See the report on economic issues for more details.

April 15, 2014

2014 Election of Officer, Executive
Committee Members, and Delegates

On February 12, the TAUP office sent you an e-Bulletin requesting nominations for candidates to run for office as Vice President, Executive Committee Members and Delegates.  The 2014 TAUP Nominating Committee also sought members to run for these positions.   As of the deadline for nominations, one candidate came forward to stand for election for each open position.

Article I of the TAUP Bylaws prescribes the union’s election procedures. Section 3 (Ballot and Voting), Paragraph (b) states:

For officers and delegates, if there are only as many candidates as there are open positions, the mail ballot will be foregone and the candidates will be considered elected.  For Executive Committee members, if there are only as many nominees as there are open positions, and if all open positions are for full three-year terms, the mail ballot procedure will be foregone
and the nominees will be considered elected.

Since the current election process met these conditions, there was no need for balloting this year.

The following people were nominated and have been elected:

1.   Officer: for a term of 1 year, from May 1, 2014, to April 30, 2015.
•      Vice President          Steve Newman               CLA/English

2.   Executive Committee Members:
Five 3-year positions on the Executive Committee - from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2017:

•      Lynne Andersson                    FSBM/HRM
•      Bruce Rader                               FSBM/Finance
•      Damien Stankiewicz               CLA/Anthropology
•      Joseph Schwartz                      CLA/Political Science
•      Stan McDonald                         CLA/Writing Program

3.   Delegates: Five 1-year positions: from May 1, 2014, to April 30, 2015, to represent the TAUP at the AFTPA, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and other affiliates’ meetings:

•      Fred Rowland                           Paley Library
•      Bruce Rader                               FSBM/Finance
•      Joyce Lindorff                          BCMD/Keyboard
•      Karen Palter                              CST/Biology
•      Damien Stankiewicz               CLA/Anthropology

Congratulations to all those elected!

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