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August 29, 2016

Summer Negotiations

Since May, TAUP has met with Temple University’s administration three times to negotiate over our vision that adjuncts should be respected as valued faculty and therefore treated with the dignity of fair compensation and job security. We are the faculty – united in furthering the essential missions of Temple University.

To accomplish these aims, we have called for a cooperative bargaining process, in which adjuncts can be integrated as valued employees. This is exactly what over 70% of the adjunct faculty voted for, and that aim was affirmed by 90% of the TAUP members who voted in favor of the new constitution and bylaws.

Our contract is about forty years old and like all documents that speak to a broad audience, not everything that affects the working conditions of fulltime faculty does or should affect adjunct faculty. Therefore we identified a list of 17 contract articles that should require little or no change –Preamble, No Discrimination, Deduction of Dues, Grievance Procedure, Personnel Files, and the like. A number of articles that speak specifically to those on different tracks – Tenure & Promotion, NTT Classifications, etc. – don’t apply to adjuncts. Our main focus is on creating an addendum to the current contract that covers key adjunct issues, including pay, benefits, job security, workload, and perhaps others.

Our negotiating philosophy is that the same work should be compensated at the same rates. Therefore, part-time teaching should be compensated proportionally. Adjunct minimum pay rates per credit hour should be in proportion to the minimum pay rates in the contract for full-time faculty. Annual raises should be similar to the annual raises for full-time members of the bargaining unit. Adjuncts should also have proportional access to important benefits enjoyed by full-timers, such as health and dental insurance, pension contributions, and tuition remission.

Temple’s response to TAUP’s approach has been to repeatedly question almost everything we’ve brought up. At this moment, we seem to be philosophically far apart from each other as to what a completely unionized faculty means.

We remain hopeful that the cooperative nature of contract negotiations is the spirit within which we're working to reach a fair contract for adjunct faculty. It is why we remain hopeful of reaching an agreement in the Fall semester.

Nonetheless, we will not agree to roll back the gains both sides agreed to in the current contract. TAUP will also resist attempts to pit the segments of the faculty against each other. That will not work, as it doesn’t benefit our students, our work, and our University.

Respect for faculty voice and fairness cannot be achieved with a few meetings with the administration in a conference room. We all need to get involved and participate in the process!

Contact TAUP to become a member and find out how to get involved. Email us at:taupaft@gmail.com today!

In Solidarity,
Art Hochner
President, TAUP

 

May 31, 2016

Constitution Changes Approved Overwhelmingly
Adjuncts Now Are Voting Members of TAUP
Changes Revamp Leadership Structure

The new era for Temple faculty has reached yet another milestone.  TAUP members voted 89.5% “Yes” for the package of amendments to the TAUP Constitution & Bylaws. Principal among these changes are to: 

  • Create Constituency Councils for TT/T faculty, NTT faculty, Adjunct faculty, and Librarians, so that each constituency has a strong voice.
  • Balance the faculty constituencies with equal representation on the new Executive Committee.
  • Elect constituency representatives directly by that constituency.
  • Make adjunct faculty who have signed membership cards into voting TAUP members.
  • Define TAUP’s mission broadly to reflect our actual activities, reflect our values, and explain who we are.
  • Set adjunct dues and restructure dues for full-time members. 

Click here to view the full text of the new document.  It can also be found on our website, taup.org, along with FAQs related to the changes.

We’re excited to begin the work involved in implementation of these changes.  Most will require weeks or months to work out.  Adjuncts who signed up for membership will be added to our membership rolls over the next few weeks.  The dues changes will go into effect in July because of the time needed to make changes to our records.  Elections for Constituency Councils will be initiated early in the Fall Semester.

Meanwhile, the TAUP Negotiating Team will continue to meet with Temple administration’s team to negotiate an addendum covering adjuncts to the existing contract.  We’ll keep you up to date on any developments throughout the summer.

The voting, which took place between May 5 and May 26, was conducted among all TAUP members in good standing as of May 5.  Approval by two-thirds of those voting was needed for passage.

Now we go forward as a unified faculty, librarians and academic professionals.

Have a great summer!

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