After almost two years of collective bargaining with the university administration, the Faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) today overwhelmingly ratified its first employment contracts, which will significantly improve the professional and professional conditions of tenure Track and Non-Tenure Track members. After more than a year of negotiations, members of the AAUP chapter of the University of Cincinnati voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying a new three-year treaty on March 9. A particularly controversial point in the negotiations was a management plan that would have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled the health costs of staff based on their salary level. However, with a planned protest against a board meeting and mounting public pressure, the negotiating team and administration were able to stem the 25% increase in health insurance premiums in the second and third years of the contract. In March, AAUP sent an amicus letter to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asking the Board of Directors to consider the full context in deciding whether private higher education faculties are responsible. The letter describes significant changes in university hierarchical and decision-making patterns since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that Yeshiva University faculties are principals and therefore cannot be unionized. This decision seriously hampered the ability of private school faculties to negotiate collective agreements. Portland State University`s AAUP chapter reached a contract agreement in April after voting overwhelmingly in favor of approving a strike in March. In the run-up to the strike, the negotiating teams entered a marathon 24-hour mediation session, which ended with an agreement. The parties agreed in early March on the details of the contract. The executive committee of the New Hampshire University System Board of Directors and the union officially ratified the agreement last week, according to the statement.
In their publication, Moran and Wallin added: “The new leave policy ensures continuity for both teachers and their students when they do not need to be in class. In addition, the agreement makes the evaluation and promotion process more transparent and effective. We wholeenly congratulate the AAUP rate chapters of the University of Cincinnati, Portland State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, which have reached agreements with their administrations in recent weeks after lengthy negotiations. AAUP brief asks the NLRB to carefully consider allegations that private university faculties have too much management authority to have tariffs under the National Labor Relations Act. Portland State University`s faculty voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving a strike in the absence of agreement with the school administration on a new contract. A strike date has not been set. The new collective agreement applies to teachers at UNH, United-AAUP until June 30, 2022. Teachers had been working without a contract for a few years. After a year and a half of negotiations – 60 bargaining sessions with little progress – the union of the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago began a two-day strike in February. Members of the UIC United Faculty, which represents the Tenure Track and Non-Tenure track faculties in separate units and are associated with the AAUP, the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, demonstrated on campus during the strike with other union supporters.