Association of University Professionals represents
all faculty, professional librarians and academic
professionals in the 13 schools and colleges enrolling undergraduate
students at Temple University in Pennsylvania. We negotiate
and administer the collective bargaining agreement that covers
the approximately 3,000 members of the bargaining unit.
We are professors of Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Business,
Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics,
Education, Engineering, English, History, Music, Nursing,
Pharmacy, Physical Education, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology,
Spanish & Portuguese, Speech Communication, and many
other disciplines. We are reference librarians and archivists.
We are theater technicians, laboratory directors, and academic
We are a democratic union, devoted to member involvement
and participation. The members elect our Officers (President,
Vice President, and Treasurer) and Constituency Councils, who in turn select representatives to our Executive
Committee. Our elected leaders
volunteer their time, with minimal recompense, to make our
organization effective. We maintain an office with a professional
staff on Temple's main campus in Ritter Annex Room 721.
The TAUP (local 4531) is affiliated
with the American Federation
of Teachers (AFT) , AFT Pennsylvania (AFTPA), and the AFL-CIO.
We were established by an overwhelming vote of the faculty
and staff in 1972 and certified as the official bargaining
agent by the Pennsylvania
Labor Relations Board in July 1973. Since then, we have
negotiated 11 collective
bargaining agreements with Temple's administration. Our
collective agreement covers salaries,
merit pay , benefits
, retirement , working
conditions , and rights
. The contract guarantees faculty participation in formulating
University educational policy. It sets standards and procedures
governing tenure and
promotion. It allocates
paid leaves for research
and study for tenured and untenured faculty. It provides
a strong grievance procedure
. Our union protects academic freedom and faculty governance.
We uphold the ideals of Opportunity,
Quality, and Accountability, stated in the AFT's First Principles,
a Commonsense Agenda for Higher Education. In fact, we have
adapted these ideals into our document First
Principles, a Commonsense Agenda for Temple University
. We care about the historic mission of Temple University
and our obligations to our students and the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. We are a union of professionals.