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Negotiations: Article 8, AAUP-WSU Rights

Wright State University Chapter

American Association of University Professors

AAUP-WSU has proposed the article shown in the left half of the table below below for inclusion in the first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for non-tenure-eligible (NTE) faculty. Our negotiating team handed it to the administration at the initial negotiating session on March 11, 2013. Reports about the status of this article will be found below the article itself.

The administration's first counter-proposal, given to our negotiating team on April 1, 2013, is in the right half of the table below.

See our CBA Negotiations page for a roster of the AAUP-WSU negotiating team, brief reports about each Monday's negotiation session, and an article-by-article summary table with links to detailed information about each individual article that either the administration or AAUP-WSU proposes to include in the CBA.

Article 8

AAUP-WSU Rights

8.1 General: In addition to other rights and privileges accorded elsewhere in this Agreement, the AAUP-WSU shall have the rights specified below.

8.2 Access: Duly authorized representatives of the AAUP-WSU shall have access to the University premises for the purpose of transacting official AAUP-WSU business.

8.3 Use of University Facilities at No Cost: The AAUP-WSU shall be permitted reasonable use of University rooms for meetings on the same basis as other faculty groups or faculty members. The AAUP-WSU shall be permitted reasonable use of University Web pages, electronic mail system, bulletin boards, faculty mail boxes, and University mail service for communication.

8.4 AAUP-WSU Office: The University will make space available to AAUP-WSU for an office. This office shall consist of at least two adjoining rooms; a conference room with no less than 160 square feet and an office with no less than 100 square feet. AAUP-WSU shall be responsible for the costs of telephone installation and service. The University will be responsible for normal custodial upkeep of this space. Should this space become unavailable, the University will find similar space for the AAUP-WSU office, with the University responsible for the costs associated with moving and reinstallation of phones and network ports.

8.5 Use of Printing Services: The AAUP-WSU shall be permitted the reasonable use of University printing and duplication services, on a “cost-for-use” basis. Printing/duplicating services shall be available to the AAUP-WSU solely and exclusively for activities and communication directly related to its role as exclusive representative of the bargaining unit defined in Article 2. The charges to the AAUP-WSU for such services will not exceed those assessed against other on-campus groups or individuals.

8.1 General: In addition to other rights and privileges accorded elsewhere in this Agreement, the AAUP-WSU shall have the rights specified below.

8.2 Access: Duly authorized representatives of the AAUP-WSU shall have access to the University premises for the purpose of transacting official AAUP-WSU business.

8.3 Use of University Facilities at No Cost: The AAUP-WSU shall be permitted reasonable use of University rooms for meetings on the same basis as other faculty groups or faculty members. The AAUP-WSU shall be permitted reasonable use of University Web pages, electronic mail system, bulletin boards, faculty mail boxes, and University mail service for communication.

8.4 AAUP-WSU Office: The University will make space available to AAUP-WSU for an office. This office shall consist of at least two adjoining rooms; a conference room with no less than 160 square feet and an office with no less than 100 square feet. AAUP-WSU shall be responsible for the costs of telephone installation and service. The University will be responsible for normal custodial upkeep of this space. Should this space become unavailable, the University will find similar space for the AAUP-WSU office, with the University responsible for the costs associated with moving and reinstallation of phones and network ports.

8.5 Use of Printing Services: The AAUP-WSU shall be permitted the reasonable use of University printing and duplication services, on a “cost-for-use” basis. Printing/duplicating services shall be available to the AAUP-WSU solely and exclusively for activities and communication directly related to its role as exclusive representative of the bargaining unit defined in Article 2. The charges to the AAUP-WSU for such services will not exceed those assessed against other on-campus groups or individuals.

8.6 Printing of Agreement: Not later than 90 days following the ratification of this Agreement, copies of this Agreement shall be printed at the University’s expense. The University shall provide the AAUP-WSU with 700 copies of the Agreement free of charge. The AAUP-WSU will distribute at least one copy of the Agreement to each Member of the Bargaining Unit. Further, the AAUP-WSU or its Members may purchase additional copies at cost.

8.6 Printing of Agreement: Not later than 90 days following the ratification of this Agreement, copies of this Agreement shall be printed at the University’s expense. The University shall provide the AAUP-WSU with 250 copies of the Agreement free of charge. The AAUP-WSU will distribute at least one copy of the Agreement to each Member of the Bargaining Unit. Further, the AAUP-WSU or its Members may purchase additional copies at cost.

8.7 The University will grant a pool of 7 course releases per fiscal year for the AAUP-WSU. During the term of the Agreement, the AAUP-WSU may purchase up to an additional 7 course releases per fiscal year at a rate of $375 per credit hour. In any fiscal year during at least part of which AAUP-WSU and the University are negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement for the NTE Bargaining Unit Faculty, the AAUP-WSU may purchase an additional two course releases to be used exclusively for its Negotiating Team Members at a rate of $375 per credit hour. All of the course releases described in this section 8.7 are above and beyond those specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University and AAUP-WSU that applies to the TET Bargaining Unit Faculty.

8.7.2 The following individuals are eligible to receive an award of release time from the AAUP-WSU Executive Committee: the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, Chief Negotiator, Negotiating Team Members, Grievance and Contract Administration Officer (GCA Officer), a maximum of two Assistant(s) to the GCA Officer, and members of the Faculty Governance Committee. No individual, except the Chief Negotiator, the President, and the GCA Officer, shall be given more than one (1) course release per semester. No individual shall be given course release(s) that eliminate all teaching in more than one semester per academic year.

8.7.3 Not later than April 1, the AAUP-WSU will, to the extent possible, provide the university with a list of course releases for the next academic year. As soon as possible, the AAUP-WSU will notify the University of any changes to this list.

 

8.8 Information Needed for Contract Implementation.

8.8.1 Not later than October 31 of each academic year, the University will furnish to the AAUP-WSU the name, academic department, rank, tenure status and base salary of each Member of the Bargaining Unit.

8.8.2 Changes to the Bargaining Unit Faculty, including promotions, terminations, and new hires, will be provided to the AAUP-WSU following confirmation by the Board of Trustees.

8.8.3 The University will provide to the AAUP-WSU copies of the “Official Proceedings” of meetings of the Board of Trustees, including the annual budget workshop.

8.8.4 Upon written request by the AAUP-WSU, the University agrees to provide to the AAUP-WSU such data and information that is available and that is necessary for the enforcement of this Agreement or the negotiation of future agreements.

8.7 Information Needed for Contract Implementation.

8.7.1 Not later than October 31 of each academic year, the University will furnish to the AAUP-WSU the name, academic department, rank, tenure status and base salary of each Member of the Bargaining Unit.

8.7.2 Changes to the Bargaining Unit Faculty, including promotions, terminations, and new hires, will be provided to the AAUP-WSU following confirmation by the Board of Trustees.

8.7.3 The University will provide to the AAUP-WSU copies of the “Official Proceedings” of meetings of the Board of Trustees, including the annual budget workshop.

8.7.4 Upon written request by the AAUP-WSU, the University agrees to provide to the AAUP-WSU such data and information that is available and that is necessary for the enforcement of this Agreement or the negotiation of future agreements.

Status of Negotiations about the Above Article

August 10, 2013 Update

The parties reached tentative agreement on this article, and they initialed the TA'd article on July 30, 2013.

June 21, 2013

Our team submitted a counterproposal. It differs from the administration's June 3 version in only one way. In 8.7, we increased the number of course releases purchasable by AAUP-WSU from 1 back up to 2.

June 3, 2013

The administration presented a counterproposal differing from our April 15 version as follows.

It deletes our note following section 8.7.

It changes "above and beyond" to "in addition to" in 8.7.

It reduces the additional course releases provided by 8.7 from 3 to 2 (at no charge) and from 2 to 1 (paid), and limits an addition course release for negotiating team members to NTE faculty on our negotiating team.

April 15, 2013

Our team submitted a counterproposal. In it, we agreed to the 250 copies specified in section 8.6 of the administration's April 1 proposal. Also, we revised our section 8.7 to read as follows:

8.7 The University will grant a pool of 3 course releases per fiscal year for the AAUP-WSU. During the term of the Agreement, the AAUP-WSU may purchase up to an additional 2 course releases per fiscal year at a rate of $375 per credit hour. In 2013-2014 the AAUP-WSU may purchase an additional one course releases to be used exclusively for its Negotiating Team Members at a rate of $375 per credit hour. All of the course releases described in this section 8.7 are above and beyond those specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University and AAUP-WSU that applies to the TET Bargaining Unit Faculty.

As we explained, our revised proposal for section 8.7 was predicated upon the assumptions that (1) this CBA will last one year, and (2) either the two Bargaining Units will be merged into one in time for there to be a single negotiation toward a single CBA that will succeed this CBA and the one now in effect for the NTE faculty, or the two Bargaining Units remain separate but the two successor CBAs are negotiated together (that is, not sequentially or otherwise separately).

In the ensuing discussion, the administration suggested that the existing CBA for tenure-eligible and tenured (TET) faculty might be amended to reflect a grand total of course releases which would be available to eligible persons in either the TET or NTE bargaining units. Of course we agreed to this constructive idea.

April 1, 2013

The administration submitted the counterproposal shown in the right column of the table above. It deleted entirely any course releases for AAUP-WSU (our section 8.7), stating that it did not regard our proposal to double the course releases now available to our union as a serious one. In reply we stated that there is an argument for more release time since our union now represents more faculty (and two bargaining units). We also stated that our members could well elect (or our Executive Committee appoint) an NTE faculty member to hold an office eligible for course releases according to the existing CBA for tenure-eligible and tenured (TET) faculty.

The administrating noted that it had reduced to 250 the number of copies of the new CBA that it would provide to AAUP-WSU; see section 8.6. We agreed to this.

March 11, 2013

The administration noted that in section 8.4, AAUP-WSU was not asking for office space greater than that specified in the existing CBA for tenure-eligible and tenured (TET) faculty. Our team replied that our chapter President Marty Kich was discussing our need for more space with Associate Provost Henry Limouze, and we trusted that those discussions would yield the space we needed.

Regarding section 8.7, our team confirmed that we are indeed asking for course releases in addition to those already specified in the existing CBA.


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