October 01, 2015

Negotiations Update

The Akron-AAUP Negotiation Team, lead by Chief Negotiator, Kevin Kreider, has been working with the administration over the summer on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The collective bargaining agreement expired June 30th. The Akron-AAUP and The University of Akron have agreed to a day-to-day extension of that agreement until negotiations have concluded. Faculty are not working without a contract; all terms and provisions of the contract continue.  Our goal is to complete the negotiations by the end of the semester, and have a new contract in place beginning on January 1, 2016.

As the semester proceeds, we will keep faculty informed of any progress made in negotiations. The next negotiating meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th.

The following articles are in active discussion. We hope to reach tentative agreement on most of these in the near future:

Article 4 Association Rights

Article 5 Working Environment

Article 6 No Strike/ No Lockout

Article 12 Grievance and Arbitration Procedures

Article 13 Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion

Article 14 Disciplinary Action

Article 18 Professional Development

Article 19 Intellectual Property

Article 20 Distance and Distributed Learning

Article 21 Emeritus Faculty

Article 22 Distinguished Professor

Article 28 Spousal/Same Sex Domestic Partner Hires

Article 31 Past Practices.

 

Articles for future discussion include:

Article 9 Academic Freedom, Rights, and Responsibilities

Article 10 Governance

Article 11 Initial Hire

Article 16 Compensation

Article 17 Benefits

Article 27 Workload

Article 29 Reappointment and Promotion of College Lecturers and Instructors

Article 33 Duration and Negotiation Procedure.

 

We thank you for your support of our Negotiations Team. These faculty are performing an invaluable service to the bargaining unit faculty of The University of Akron. If you see them around campus, please thank them for their time and efforts.

Chief Negotiator: Kevin Kreider  (3rd term of service on the NT)

Professor, Mathematics

e-mail: kevin.kreider@akronaaup.org

John Reeves  (3rd term of service on the NT)

Senior Instructor, Biological Anthropology

john.reeves@akronaaup.org

Lawrence Gilpatric

Professor, Business Technology

lawrence.gilpatric@akronaaup.org

Lynne Pachnowski

Professor, Curricular and Instructional Design

lynne@akronaaup.org

Michael Graham

Professor, History

graham@akronaaup.org

Also on the Negotiating Team, Akron-AAUP’s Legal Counsel, the inestimable Eben “Sandy” O. McNair, Esq. of Schwarzwald, McNair and Fusco LLP.