Akron-AAUP Welcomes You to The University of Akron
Getting to Know Your Faculty Union
As a new member of the full time teaching faculty you are also a new member of the “bargaining unit,” which is the group of faculty whose interests are represented by the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors (Akron-AAUP). As a member of the bargaining unit, you will enjoy the protections and assurances that the collective bargaining agreement guarantees you. These protections were negotiated by your colleagues on the Akron-AAUP Negotiation Team. In 2006 our faculty voted by a 70% majority to approve a fair share fee to be paid by all bargaining unit faculty. This modest fee is automatically deducted from your paycheck each month, and with this contribution you are supporting these local efforts. Click here to see the differences in cost and benefits between fair share and joining as a full dues-paying member of the Akron-AAUP.
Collective Bargaining is Important, but it isn’t the only reason we chose the AAUP as our representative. We also want to preserve academic freedom and the fundamental link that principle has to tenure and shared governance.
These concerns are the primary reasons for the existence of AAUP, a fact that resonates deeply with our faculty.
The national AAUP is the only national organization that exists for the sole purpose of guarding the integrity of higher education teaching professionals, specifically:
–to advance academic freedom and shared governance
–to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and
–to insure higher education’s contribution to the common good (see http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/about/)
You can support these principles directly by joining the chapter and becoming a member of both the local union and the national AAUP. The fair share fee does not provide membership in the Akron-AAUP. Full membership, with voting rights, is always voluntary and requires submission of the membership form. Doing so costs most faculty less than 10 dollars per month (for 9 months, and even less for 12 month faculty) in addition to your fair share fee. Your membership in the chapter will provide the national and state organizations with the resources it needs to continue to defend the rights of the profession of university scholars. As a member, you are also eligible to vote on the next contract, and to run and vote for all elected positions in Akron-AAUP.
For your consideration:
a letter from a former colleague about why she joined the union,
and a flier from our unionization campaign.
We think the considerations therein still apply. If you do too there’s no reason not to join.
And remember – Ask Us Anything!
Akron-AAUP Membership Committee