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Today, our negotiating team met with Temple administration to begin negotiations over the inclusion of adjunct faculty at Temple into the TAUP faculty contract. Our intention is for this process to be conducted as smoothly and as cooperatively as it was in 2014 when we were able to reach a satisfying contract for Temple’s full-time faculty. During today’s meeting with administration, we continued to stress our vision of a unified faculty, which benefits our students and the greater Temple community.
We will hold University to the forward direction that Provost Dai pledged to all faculty following the overwhelming vote by adjunct faculty in support of joining TAUP in November 2015. Our goal is to bargain for a fair contract that supports all faculty.
This past weekend, a group of UAP members who traveled to Las Vegas for the 2016 AFT Higher Ed/PSRP Joint Conference where we spent three days talking with faculty and academic professionals from around the country about shared victories, challenges, and ways to make our union stronger.
On Friday, we took part in a national action in solidarity with Chicago Teachers Union members and other workers in Chicago who held strikes across the city to #ShutDownChi. It was great to be able to stand with so many other educators in the fight for fair funding for education.
UAP members were at the forefront of activity throughout the conference. Sam Allingham kicked off a great panel on contingency in higher ed by sharing his experiences as an adjunct at Temple and La Salle. Jennie Shanker and Stan McDonald spoke about the effort at Temple to build stronger collaboration between full-time and part-time faculty, resulting in the adjuncts’ overwhelming vote to join TAUP last fall. Paul Dannenfelser helped run a mini-workshop on how to have effective organizing conversations with our colleagues. Melissa DeGezelle moderated an exceptional panel on campus sexual assault – it’s worth catching the recap here if you missed our livetweet. On Saturday afternoon, we were honored to have member Mara Hughes introduce AFT President Randi Weingarten, who gave a shout out to a packed conference hall about all the hard work UAP has been doing here in Philly. And Saturday evening, we hosted a lively reception for contingent faculty from across the country, organized by our own Anna Neighbor.
Participating in this conference was a great opportunity to meet people, hear about the organizing that’s been happening in other places, and learn ways to get more members involved. I’m excited to bring some of that energy from Las Vegas back to Philly to make UAP better than ever!
Do you or someone you know struggle with student loan debt? United Academics of Philadelphia will be hosting a Student Debt Clinic to provide information to our members on how to qualify for free federal programs that can may reduce your monthly student loan payments and potentially lead to student loan forgiveness.
We will be offering two 90-minute Student Debt Clinic sessions on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:00am and 3:00pm at the UAP office, located at 1215 N 29th St (near Girard) in Philadelphia. These sessions are free to UAP members, but you must pre-register online to secure a seat.
Attendance is capped at 50 participants per session, so registration is first come, first serve. If you are unable to make it on March 18th but want to learn more about how to reduce your student debt load, let us know. We will be planning future sessions based on member interest.
Managing your own student loan debt is just one step in our effort to fight the inequality that plagues higher education. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Student Debt Clinics on March 18th and working together to find a collective solution to the problems of student debt and college affordability.
Good news! The results of the Temple University adjunct election were counted in Harrisburg today, and with 70% of adjuncts voting yes, they are now represented by the faculty union. This is a huge victory for all of us who value education and believe in workers’ rights.
This is a great first step toward respect and a voice on campus. If you are an adjunct who teaches at Temple and haven’t already filled out the bargaining survey, please take a moment to do so now. We look forward to working together in the coming months to negotiate our first contract.
Congratulations, and all are invited to join us to celebrate this victory in person at our holiday party next Friday afternoon.
Paul Dannenfelser, an adjunct in the College of Public Health at Temple University, is voting YES to join the faculty union. He explains step-by-step how adjuncts at Temple can submit their ballots to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in the upcoming election. To vote yes for the union, check the box for Temple Association of University Professionals, American Federation of Teachers.
Ballots will be mailed from the PLRB on Monday, November 9, 2015, and must be returned to the Harrisburg office by 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. (That is not a postmark date; it must be received by the PRLB by then.) If you have not received your ballot in the mail by November 12th, contact the PLRB at 717-787-1091
Paul is a faculty member at Temple University and a UAP member. He is not a representative of the PLRB.
United Academics of Philadelphia, American Federation of Teacher’s (AFT) Local 9608 is a union dedicated to making higher education sustainable for the 15,000 adjunct professors teaching in Philadelphia-area colleges. We are organizing to build collective bargaining power, community and resources for a vital yet underrepresented majority of university faculties. Education is a public good, so we need to provide our students with a secure, respected faculty. Together, we can achieve what we cannot as individuals. Join us.
United Academics of Philadelphia, American Federation of Teacher’s (AFT) Local 9608 is an organization that seeks to unify and support the nearly 15,000 adjunct instructors currently working in Philadelphia-area colleges. As a vital but often underrepresented element of higher education, we believe that together we can accomplish what we cannot achieve as individuals. To ensure respect, security, fair pay and benefits from our institutions of employment, UAP is advocating for the unionization of adjuncts at Philadelphia-area colleges.
As colleagues, we will share resources, help each other organize, and create avenues for professional development, and advancement in the field of higher education. UAP will work to establish transparency at local colleges and focus on creating and implementing solutions to problems that affect students and professors across higher education institutions in Philadelphia.
The AFT now represents over 200,000 higher education members in all types of institutions, from small community colleges to world-class research universities, across the country. As an AFT affiliate, UAP has the resources to evolve with industry trends in the region and nationwide as means of strengthening the careers of our members.