Author: taupaft

The Hour is Late and the Stakes Are High:  We Must Oppose GOP Tax Reform!

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We must do what we can to stop the GOP’s proposed Tax “Reform,” which may include provisions particularly harmful to higher education:  taxing graduate tuition remission as income; prohibiting deductions for student loan interest; and taxing endowments at some schools.  Recent reports indicate that the first two will not be in the bill emerging out of conference, and opposition is mounting toward the third; our efforts and those of our allies are having an effect!  But we cannot rest until we are sure these provisions are not in the bill,  and even without them, the bill would be a disgrace. As TAUP member and economist Don Wargo shows here in his clear-eyed analysis , it is founded on lies or mistakes; it disproportionately benefits the wealthy while doing serious damage to millions among the less-well-off and swelling the deficit; and it sets up draconian cuts to programs that millions of children, adults and senior citizens rely upon.

 So how can we act as Republicans in Congress speed this monstrosity toward a vote?

 Here are three ways:

 1) Work with TAUP leaders who have been calling colleagues living in districts represented by Republicans who may be persuadable—Ryan Costello (6th district), Patrick Meehan (7th—though he looks like an unlikely ally), and Brian Fitzpatrick (8th district).  We are giving these members a way to contact their representatives and urge them to vote “no” and to specifically combat any provisions that threaten higher education.  To help us call members in these districts, contact us at taupaft@gmail.com.    

2) If you live in these districts, call 877-795-7862you’ll be asked to provide your zip code and will then be connected to your legislator’s office.  If you talk to an aide or leave a message, make sure you mention your address so that they can be sure they know you are a constituent.

3) Attend an action— protest outside a legislator’s office, a townhall, etc.   Go to the American Federation of Teachers’ page, http://allin.rtp.aft.org/.  It provides a wealth of information about what’s wrong with the proposed bills.   Scroll down to find various resources including actions put together by Indivisible, Americans For Tax Fairness, and Not One Penny.

It’s the end of the semester and all of us have tons of exams, essays,final projects or performances to grade.  Many of us are looking longingly toward the Break.  But it is critical that we spare any time we can to raise our collective voice against these wrongheaded, destructive and immoral proposals.  There is too much at stake, and signing online petitions is not enough. It is time to act.

 In Solidarity,

​Steve Newman ​
TAUP President

Unemployment Compensation Workshops

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TAUP will be holding workshops to offer information about applying for Unemployment Compensation starting on Thursday of this week.

Whether you have questions about eligibility, how to properly fill out forms, if you want to know what to do if you are still working part time, or anything else, we can help you.

Workshops are one hour long and by appointment only. Anyone in the TAUP collective bargaining unit is welcome to attend.

We have tried to offer as many dates and times as possible. Please see the schedule below and email TAUPUCworkshops@gmail.com to make an appointment

 

For Adjuncts: Here’s How You Can Pay Your Dues

As mentioned in our last eBulletin, Temple has a period of time during which they will be configuring their systems to collect union dues from adjuncts. But that’s over a semester away.  Because of this, we are working with a company that collects dues for other unions across the country. We aim to have it up and running before December paychecks are out. In the meantime, we are asking members to pay dues this month by check. Your dues are 0.55% of your pay (which goes to TAUP) plus $9.48 (which goes to our affiliates, the AFT, AFTPA and AFLCIO). For most adjuncts, this will be between $15-16 per course, per pay period.

We do need the support of our members to do the work that allows us to continue to build our strength and helps us in enforcing the contract, providing services for members, and bargaining for more gains in the future. We look to you to pay your share.

When our system for automatic dues deduction is launched, we will be in touch with you. Meanwhile, please take a moment to send a check to TAUP and bring it to our office at 721 Ritter Annex or mail it to:

TAUP

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Ritter Annex 721 (04-15)

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

 

SCHEDULE

By appointment only in the TAUP office (721 Ritter Annex)

TAUPUCworkshops@gmail.com

Thursday, December 7

4pm

5pm

6pm

Friday, December 8

2pm

3pm

4:30pm

5:30pm

Monday, December 11

All day by appointment

 

Tuesday, December 12

Before noon by appt

 Wednesday, December 13

9am

10am

11am

 Thursday, December 14

9am

10am

11am

Noon

1pm

2pm

3pm

Friday, December 15

9am

10am

11am

Noon

1pm

Saturday, December 16

9am – 5pm by appt

Sunday, December 17

9am – 6pm by appt

 

A Good Week for Adjuncts at Temple

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Raises and Retroactive Pay

This week, those of you making under $1425/credit should have received your retroactive raises in your November paycheck along with November’s pay at your new, higher rate. If you want to confirm if the pay you received is correct, you can check our chart here. Your December pay will reflect what you will be making per pay period if you teach in the Spring or Summer of 2018. If you believe you haven’t received your raise, or that your paycheck is incorrect, please contact us:taupaft@gmail.com. 

For those of you who did not benefit from the current raise because you make more than $1425/credit, many will benefit in the Fall 2018 semester when the base rate of pay for all adjuncts will rise to $1500/credit.

If you’re among the few making more than $1500/cr., we look forward to fighting for raises for all adjuncts in the 2019 negotiations. Below are some of the other wins from the contract that will benefit everyone. 

Job Security, Promotion and Office Space

We are forming four labor/management committees created in the contract that will bring us together with members of the administration to discuss critical adjunct issues.  Invitations have gone out for the Job Security Committee.

There are also committees to study each of these areas:

●        Affirmative Action

●        Promotion

●        Office space

We are currently assessing candidates to serve on the labor half of these three committees. If you have expertise in an area that will be useful in assessing and understanding these issues, and if you would be able to take on some work and meet once a month, please let us know. 

How You Can Pay Your Dues

Temple has a period of time during which they will be configuring their systems to collect union dues from adjuncts. But that’s over a semester away.  Because of this, we are working with a company that collects dues for other unions across the country. We aim to have it up and running before December paychecks are out. In the meantime, we are asking members to pay dues this month by check. Your dues are 0.55% of your pay (which goes to TAUP) plus $9.48 (which goes to our affiliates, the AFT, AFTPA and AFLCIO). For most adjuncts, this will be between $15-16 per pay period. 

We won’t be chasing after you for this month’s dues. We can’t. But we do need the support of our members to do the work that we need to do in enforcing the contract, growing the union, providing services for members, and bargaining for more gains in the future. We look to you to pay your share.

When our system for automatic dues deduction is launched, we will be in touch with you. Meanwhile, we ask that you write a check to TAUP and bring it to our office at 721 Ritter Annex or mail it to:

TAUP
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex 721 (04-15)
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

We are working on building union membership among adjuncts. If you’re interested in helping, let us know. We’ll be reaching out to you as well.

If You Are Not a Member Yet

Be in touch with us with any questions, and let us know if you want to join. This contract was possible only due to the dedication and courage of adjuncts and their allies who organized for years and kept at it through 15 months of hard bargaining.  Future gains will depend on other adjuncts stepping up.  Please contact us at taupaft@gmail.com.  We’ll be reaching out to many of you as well to make it easy for those who are interested in signing up.