Should UNI-United Faculty/AAUP, as of July 1, 2010, split into the following two separate, independent organizations: (1) UNI-AAUP, which will be an Advocacy Chapter of AAUP and (2) UNI-United Faculty, which will not be affiliated with any national labor organization?
Splitting UNI-United Faculty/AAUP into Two Separate, Independent Organizations
The Proposal: At a meeting of the UF Executive Board and the newly elected members of next year’s Executive Board (DeSoto, Hawbaker, & Strauss absent), it was recommend that the UF membership consider separating UNI-United Faculty/AAUP into two independent organizations: an Advocacy Chapter of AAUP called UNI-AAUP and a collective bargaining unit called UNI-United Faculty, with UNI-United Faculty not being affiliated with any larger labor organization.
Current Situation: UNI-United Faculty/AAUP is a collective bargaining unit representing faculty at UNI, affiliated with AAUP. Campus chapters of AAUP can be Advocacy Chapters or Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC) Chapters. Currently, UF is a CBC Chapter of AAUP. Currently, UF members pay dues for UF, AAUP, and our chapter’s CBC membership.
Benefits of AAUP Affiliation: The primary AAUP benefit is its ability to investigate possible violations of its standards and possibly sensor universities that violate them. AAUP benefits do not include direct support or assistance for arbitrations or negotiations. The CBC benefits include bargaining and training opportunities at its Summer Institutes, information exchanges between CBC chapters, and a voice and vote at CBC meetings. The CBC is very active in attempts to organize faculty at other universities into collective bargaining units.
The Consequences: If this proposal is approved by the UF membership, then UNI faculty will have the choice of joining UNI-United Faculty, UNI-AAUP, both, or neither organization. All members of UNI-United Faculty/AAUP will remain members of UNI-United Faculty with significantly reduced dues. The annual dues recommended by the UF Budget Committee, not yet approved by the Central Committee, for (1) status quo (no split), (2) UF alone after split, (3) AAUP alone after split are reported below:
If approved, when will this change become effective: As of July 1, 2010
Will UF suffer from lack of support from AAUP? If the split is approved, UNI-United Faculty will no longer be a member of the CBC. However, UNI will have the same access it does now with AAUP staff handling issues related to AAUP principles and standards. The Advocacy Chapter will have the same access to AAUP staff on AAUP issues as UNI-United Faculty/AAUP has today.
Is United Faculty required by law to be affiliated with a larger labor organization? No.