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Responses to Faculty Senate Adunct Survey Questions

 

 

Know Your Rights!: Public Employee Relations Act

 

 

New Procedural Guidelines for the Appointment, Reappointment and Promotion of Non-Tenure Track Faculty

 

 

TAUP/TU Collective Bargaining Agreement 2014-2018 (DRAFT)

 

Proposal to Expand Tuition Benfits for Dependent Children

 

TAUP Adjunct Hearing Transcripts

 

 

TAUP FAQs About Adjunct Organization

 

 

Faculty Merit Awards 14-15 for AY 13-14

Librarian Merit Awards 14-15 for AY 13-14

Acad Pro Merit Awards 14-15 for AY 13-14

 

 

TAUP/TU Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement 2014-2018

 

 

TAUP/TU Collective Bargaining Agreement 2012-2014

 

 

Your Right to a TAUP Representative

 

 

TAUP 2015 Audit Results for FY2014 Available to All TAUP Members

 

 

2015 e-Bulletins

2014 e-Bulletins

2013 e-Bulletins

 

TAUP Constitution and Bylaws

TAUP COPE Contribution Form

 


American Federation
of Teachers Main Site

 


TAUP Member Benefits

February 8, 2016

NTT Victory For Job Security & Stability

Job stability for NTTs has grown rapidly for NTTs over the past three years, thanks to TAUP making it a very high priority in bargaining.  In 2013, 62.4% of teaching/instructional NTTs had just one-year appointments.  By January 2016, however, 73.7% of NTTs responding to TAUP’s survey reported appointments that run for more than one year most of these lasting two or three years.

This is a terrific victory for NTTs!  Through collective bargaining and the united support of our members we have been able to continue to win contractual benefits that treat our NTT faculty as the professionals they are.

We’re not done yet.  Since 2000, TAUP proposed significant improvements to NTT appointment length, from removing the 7-year limit on longevity to guaranteed multi-year contracts.  Our current agreement won several changes boosting NTT job security and stability.  We will continue to demand better working conditions for all faculty.

TAUP’s survey got a huge 53.8% response rate – with respondents closely matching the actual numbers by college and rank, though fewer new faculty seemed less likely to answer.

When we negotiate together, we are able to achieve protections for faculty voice. We look forward to negotiating protections for our newly unionized adjunct colleagues.

February 3, 2016

Building a Unified Faculty Union: Next Steps

At the end of the Fall semester, an overwhelming of majority of our part-time colleagues voted to join TAUP to create a unified, strong faculty voice at Temple University through our union. This election was our first important victory together, but we have many more things to do.

We will be talking to all members of the bargaining unit throughout the current semester. Members of TAUP will be eligible to vote on the proposed changes to our current Constitution and Bylaws, which will enable all faculty — tenured, non-tenured, and adjunct  — to be represented in our union and our collective bargaining agreement.

To ensure that all voices are heard, our new Constitution provides for:

  • transformed and re-invigorated union of a united faculty, librarians and academic professionals that focuses on organizing and engaging members in TAUP’s decisions and work.
  • A structure that requires all constituencies to have a strong voice and be represented in all TAUP business.
  • The three faculty constituency groups will elect their own representativesto constituency councils and to the Executive Committee.
  • Increased clarity on the duties, rights, and responsibilities of the Executive Officers (President, Vice President, and Treasurer), Executive Committee, Constituency Councils, and members of TAUP.
  • Continued engagement in issues affecting academic freedom, shared governance, the working conditions of faculty, the learning conditions of students, and the well-being of the wider community.
  • Commitment to furthering our shared goals through collective bargaining, organizing, political action, community engagement, and the work of our members.

We look forward to talking with you soon about these ideas. Email us (taupaft@gmail.com) to set up a meeting to speak about these proposals in detail.

Art Hochner and Steve Newman

January 14, 2016

Are Most NTTs Really Getting Multi-Year Appointments?

TAUP has asked NTTs to help us check on recent statements by Temple administration with regard to the length of NTT appointments.

Provost Dai told the Faculty Senate that more then sixty-seven percent (67%) of NTTs have multi-year appointments.  It seems, however, that the data the university uses to determine this may have inaccuracies.

The brief survey consists of just six questions so that we can see if  TAUP's bargaining objective of job security and stability for NTT's is being reached.  This survey was sent to all NTTs in the bargaining unit and is completely confidential.

TAUP will publish the results so that everyone can be informed.

Thank you.
Art Hochner
TAUP President

December 8, 2015

Next Steps: Toward Reshaping TAUP

Now that the adjuncts have overwhelmingly voted to join TAUP, the next several months will be full of hard work for all TAUP members. It's an exciting time, which will bring voice to adjuncts and will unite all faculty under our common values of academic freedom, faculty governance, and professional treatment. Together we will work to improve the working conditions of faculty, the learning conditions of students, and the well-being of the wider community.

It's time to reshape our union to make sure all faculty voices are heard and respected. All members will be engaged in these efforts. Soon our current full-time TAUP members will be talking about making necessary constitutional changes, reaching consensus and then voting on approval, which requires a 2/3 majority. Adjuncts and full-timers will work together on the bargaining and ratification of the new contract terms.

Once we receive the Final Order of Certification from the PLRB, TAUP will call for bargaining with management. All aspects of the contract with respect to adjuncts will have to be negotiated from scratch, agreed to by both sides, and ratified by TAUP members.

This entire process is a great opportunity to involve all of TAUP and to renew our union. We look forward to the new year at Temple!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

November 30, 2015

Adjuncts Vote to Join TAUP

On Wednesday, November 25, 2015, faculty at Temple University had a lot to be thankful for. An overwhelming 70% of adjunct faculty voted to join TAUP!

This was a hard-won victory for adjunct educators, as Temple's administration ran an aggressive anti-union campaign—delaying the vote, spreading misinformation about the union and urging adjunct faculty to vote "no." Despite these anti-union efforts, more than 1,400 adjuncts will join the 1,400 full-time faculty, librarians and academic professionals TAUP already represents at Temple.

 A photo of adjuncts, AFT organizers, and TAUP President Hochner taken after the votes were tallied.
[A photo of adjuncts, AFT organizers, and TAUP President Hochner taken after the votes were tallied.]

“This win at Temple University is a victory for teachers who value quality education and believe in fairness in the workplace," says Ryan Eckes, who has been an adjunct professor of English at Temple University for the past 10 years and is a member of United Academics of Philadelphia, which served as TAUP’s organizing committee for the campaign. "My colleagues and I are proud of this important step toward achieving job stability in higher education and restoring my alma mater toward its mission of delivering education for all in Philadelphia."

Art Hochner, President of TAUP, says, “This is a great step for all faculty at Temple. With all faculty belonging to TAUP, we will be able to have a unified voice and achieve the professional respect they all deserve. This will benefit the students and the entire Temple community. The win for adjunct faculty at Temple is a great first step for the 15,000 adjunct faculty in Philadelphia organizing with AFT through UAP.”

We hope that the statement sent out on Wednesday by Provost Dai indicates that there will be no further challenges and delays by the administration.  We look forward to sitting down with the administration to negotiate for adjuncts. All faculty will soon have voice, job security, and fair wages.

There are a lot of changes for TAUP at Temple. Upon official certification, we will begin to bargain. Adjuncts should look for a bargaining survey.  We’ll also hold college and departmental meetings about upcoming constitutional changes.

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