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October 25, 2016

Constituency Council Nominations Extended Until
Thursday, November 3

Dear TAUP Members,

We are extending nominations for our three new Constituency Councils by 10 days until the 3rd of November; we will also be moving elections back to November 14th to 21st.  Although we have had many excellent candidates agree to stand and are close to a full slate, we want more time to find more colleagues willing to do this important work as we open a new chapter in the history of TAUP.

If you are interested in running for the tenure track, non-tenure track, or adjunct Constituency Councils or know of a good candidate, please contact Steve Newman at stevenewman1970@gmail.com.  You can find out more about the duties involved in serving on a Council here.  Just scroll down to page 7, Article X.  

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

In solidarity,

Steve Newman
Vice President

October 20, 2016

Support APSCUF Members on Strike

Dear Colleague,

As you may know, the 5,500 members of AFSCUF, the union representing faculty and coaches at the 14 state universities in Pennsylvania, went on strike yesterday.  Faculty have been without a contract for almost 16 months.  You can read about their situation at their website.  Today, I sent a letter of support to Ken Mash, APSCUF President.  Information about how you can support our colleagues at APSCUF is at the bottom of this email.

Dear Ken,
On behalf of the members of the Temple Association of University Professionals, I send a strong message of solidarity to you and the entire membership of APSCUF on your strike.  We in TAUP were out on strike twice - in 1986 for 21 days and 1990 for 29 days - so we know how much courage it takes to make that decision. I was the strike coordinator in the first one and the union president in the second, so I know something about what you're going through. Even when we were forced by a court injunction to end the 1990 strike and return to work, we stayed strong and held out for a good contract, which we reached after four more months of struggle.  We know that APSCUF likewise will do what you need to do to reach a fair and equitable contract for all your members, whether full-time or part-time, tenure-track or contingent.

TAUP is currently in negotiations to include 1,400 newly-organized adjuncts into our collective bargaining agreement, to join with the 1,400 full-time faculty, librarians, and academic professionals we represent.  Your contracts have been very useful to us in our negotiation planning, so your fight is our fight.  You have a strong union, but you also have a very determined and disagreeable management adversary.  They will throw everything they can at you, just as our management did to us - cancelling our health insurance, spreading disinformation to our members, and threatening to cancel the semester.  Stay strong!

Yesterday, I joined the APSCUF picket line in Center City Philadelphia with other AFT members.  Perhaps you've seen numerous tweets, photos and videos of our participation.  I'm attaching one of myself.  I will urge our members to join the line and to keep apprised of the situation.  We will do whatever we can to support you.  You can always call on me for help.

In solidarity,
Art Hochner
(m) 215-704-6990
TAUP local 4531, AFTPA, AFT, AFL-CIO
Associate Professor of Human Resource Mgt.
Fox School of Business & Management
Temple University

3 Things TAUP members can do to show solidarity:

1. Join the picket line in Center City and show solidarity with APSCUF.
When: 11am-7:30pm- stop by anytime
Where: 8th and Market’s NorthEast corner, near Ross Dress for Less.  West Chester University and Cheyney and a few other schools have offices and classrooms in this building.

2. Share and Tweet your solidarity:
@apscuf on Twitter
Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties on Facebook

3. Contact your state legislator and ask for a resolution to the strike immediately.

For more info: www.apscuf.org/

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American Federation of Teachers Local # 4531 AFL-CIO
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