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LIU Lockout

BY GWENDOLYN BRADLEY The AAUP has issued a statement on the Long Island University administration’s lockout of all four hundred members of its Brooklyn campus faculty union. The statement reads, in its entirety: September 6, 2016 Statement on LIU Brooklyn Lockout Over the Labor Day weekend, the administration of Long Island University (LIU) announced an unprecedented…

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Union Victory for Student Employees!

BY GWENDOLYN BRADLEY In a victory for student employees and the unions that represent them, the National Labor Relations Board found today in the case Columbia University that student assistants working at private colleges and universities are statutory employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act. The 3–1 decision overrules a 2004 decision in Brown…

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AAUP Chapter Fights Dining Services Outsourcing

Faculty and other workers at Eastern Michigan University are fighting a move by the EMU board of regents to privatize dining services at the institution. In April, according to the EMU All Union Council, which includes unions representing tenure and non-tenure-­track faculty, food service and maintenance workers and clerical employees, a request for proposals (RFP) for…

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University of Washington Campus

BY ANN MESCHER The following is a guest post by Ann Mescher, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle.  Please join this urgent request from faculty members and students at the University of Washington. If you agree, please add your name to our petition linked below, and forward to your colleagues, family…

Last Day for AAUP Conference Proposals

Today is the deadline to submit a proposal for the AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education! The conference focus this year is on racial, social, and labor justice in higher education. Presentation proposals on all topics of interest to a diverse, multidisciplinary higher education audience will also be considered. The conference will be held June 15-19,…

Professors in Poverty

As part of Campus Equity Week, Brave New Films has released this terrific short film about the very real poverty of many faculty in contingent positions: Contains some illuminating stats comparing presidential salaries to adjunct wages, and personal stories from adjuncts–mostly women, which reflects the reality that contingent labor issues are also women’s issues. It’s…

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New Volume of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom

The new volume of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom is out today! Below, guest editor Michael Bérubé describes the contents. You can read the complete editor’s introduction here.–Gwendolyn Bradley  I’m pleased to announce that volume six of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom is being published today. Of its sixteen essays, eight discuss the case…

After Salaita

In a guest post below, an author of the essay “Civility and Academic Freedom,” which appears in the new volume of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom describes his involvement with the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska and discusses the impetus for his essay: the Steven Salaita case.–Gwendolyn Bradley After Salaita: Keep Pushing for Academic Freedom!…

Reactions to Kansas Social Media Policy

If you’ve been following the news, you know that the Kansas board of regents on Wednesday adopted a social media policy that allows faculty and other to be punished for a broad and vaguely defined range of expressions, including any that are “contrary to the best interests of the employer” or “impairs . . .…