NYSC RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NATIONAL AAUP 2016 MEETING - 03/04/16

Please review and comment on the following. These resolutions will be motions at our NYS AAUP Conference Spring 2016. The deadline for submitting resolutions for the NATIONAL AAUP 2016 MEETING is May 1st.

NYSC RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NATIONAL AAUP 2016 MEETING - April 16th, 2016

DUES STRUCTURE

WHEREAS faculty and other professionals in academic settings with collective bargaining contracts under the auspices of unions other than the AAAUP commonly pay dues to those union; and

WHEREAS, on many such campuses there is a desire to also have a functioning AAUP advocacy chapter; and

WHEREAS, current AAUP dues structures membership in such an advocacy chapter would require individuals to pay full dues to both organizations; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the officers and staff of the AAUP is directed to construct a reduced dues proposal that would accommodate and encourage membership by employees at institutions where collective bargaining contracts are held by organizations other than the AAUP; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that said proposal be presented to the 2017 annual meeting for discussion and action.

LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

WHEREAS, the ability to establish effective relationships with legislative and media entities often requires years of personal contact dealing with a wide variety of issues; and

WHEREAS, the elected leadership of the AAUP should rightfully be the most highly visible and present representatives of the organization, and

WHEREAS, it is impossible to establish high visibility for elected leaders on a part-time volunteer basis, and

WHEREAS, virtually all other unions and similar organizations have fewer restrictions on their elected leadership than does the AAUP, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the staff and leadership are charged with proposing a set of constitutional and organizational amendments to the AAUP governing documents and practices that would have the following effects:
1.  The elimination of term limits for elected officers;
2.  Creating longer terms of office than the current two year time frame;
3.  Create a pay scale for elected officers that would do away with the present constitutional statement that "officers shall receive no salary."

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that proposals for accomplishing these goals be presented in time for consideration at the 2017 annual meeting.

Comments
  • on Sat 5th March 2016 12:19am by Tom Policano

    Edited resolution language suggested by Cecelia McCall:

    NYSC RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NATIONAL AAUP 2016 MEETING - April 16th, 2016

    DUES STRUCTURE

    WHEREAS, faculty and other professionals in collective bargaining chapters other than the AAUP commonly pay dues to those unions; and

    WHEREAS, on many of these same campuses there is a desire to have a functioning AAUP advocacy chapter, as well; and

    WHEREAS, the current AAUP dues structures membership in such a way that would require individuals to pay full dues to both organizations; therefore be it

     RESOLVED, that the officers and staff of the AAUP be directed to construct a reduced dues proposal that would accommodate and encourage membership by employees at institutions where collective bargaining is conducted by organizations other than the AAUP; and be it further RESOLVED, that such a proposal be presented to the 2017 annual meeting for discussion and action.

     

    LEA

  • on Sat 5th March 2016 12:20am by Tom Policano

    Response by Irwin Yellowitz:

     Resolution on Dues Structure

                    This resolution assumes that it is wise to have an AAUP advocacy chapter at a campus that has a non AAUP collective bargaining chapter.   I do not believe that is true.  There are two scenarios.    One is the situation at CUNY, where the collective bargaining agent, the PSC, is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and AAUP.   I assume in that case, no advocacy chapter is needed since there already is an joint AAUP-AFT chapter.   There are other examples of this nationwide.   Second case:  there is a non AAUP collective bargaining chapter.   In such a case, adding an AAUP advocacy chapter is not a good idea.   It could divide the faculty, and almost surely will be opposed by the existing CB chapter

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