United Academics Elections Announcement

The nomination period for the United Academics elections is now closed. Individuals nominated from among your fellow UA members are running for positions on the Executive Council and Representative Assembly.

The candidates running for office and Representative Assembly are listed below.  In cases where only one person was nominated for a given office or Assembly slot, that person will be elected by acclamation on the day elections close.  As stipulated in the UAUO Constitution,  where there are vacant Representative Assembly positions, the Executive Council can appoint qualified and interested members to fill those slots.

Election ballots will be mailed out no later than Monday, November 18, 2013, to those members eligible to vote in contested elections.  Completed ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, December 9, 2013. Ballots delivered to the United Academics office must be received before the end of the business day (5 pm) on December 9, 2013.

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Implementing our Contract: Five Things You Need to Know

On October 8, hundreds of United Academic members gathered at the EMU ballroom to ratify our first Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

UA members drove this process from beginning to end. We surveyed our colleagues to understand issues and priorities. We met together in meetings across campus to develop our bargaining proposals. And led by our Bargaining Team, we negotiated with the Administration over ten months to reach an unprecedented agreement.

Our union, now more than 1,000 members strong and representing every classification and unit on campus, must now turn its attention to implementing our contract. Our ability to transform our university through this agreement depends on you.

You can view and download the ratified CBA here. The 45 articles in the contract cover many issues: raises & benefits, tenure & promotion, shared governance, facilities, NTTF review and promotion, job security and many other areas.

Here are five things about your new contract you need to know:

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Managing Our Union’s Finances: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Over the last two years, as United Academics won recognition and bargaining rights and negotiated our first contract, most of the financial and administrative management of our organization has been assumed by staff organizers of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), which provided invaluable leadership and assistance during this period.

It is important to note that UAUO members did not finance this effort. The many hundreds of thousands of dollars in staffing, administrative, legal and other costs associated with organizing our union came from other members of the AFT and the AAUP who committed a portion of their dues to support the efforts of educators and academics like ourselves to secure new collective bargaining agreements.

With the ratification of our new Collective Bargaining Agreement last month, UAUO members must now assume financial and administrative control of our union. Here’s what’s next…

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Contract Implementation Update: Transforming Our University

Since United Academics ratified its first Collective Bargaining Agreement on October 8, 2013, members have been working closely with University administration to begin implementation. A copy of the ratified contract can be viewed here.

An Implementation Committee of UA members is meeting weekly with the administration’s implementation team to discuss the complex logistics of putting into practice a contract that is more than 90 pages long and includes 45 articles.

As explained below, the implementation priorities include salary increases, dues deductions, the initial reclassification process for adjunct faculty, internal governance policies at the unit-level and forming joint committees on Intellectual Property and on Salary Floors and Equity.

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