January 23 chapter meeting, dues proposal, and year-end notes

Mark your calendar for Friday, January 23, 2015, for a special chapter meeting to consider a new dues proposal developed by the WMU-AAUP budget committee. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. in rooms 105-107 of the Bernhard Center.

The proposal on the agenda would, if approved by the faculty, reduce the dues of bargaining-unit members from the current 0.83 percent of base salary to 0.80 percent. The chapter officers, Executive Committee (college representatives), and Association Council (department reps) have recommended that this proposal be brought forward to the faculty for discussion and vote.

All dues-paying members are entitled to vote and encouraged to attend the January 23 meeting.

Additionally, the budget committee, chaired by chapter treasurer Dominic Nicolai, continues to research various models of assessing dues and service fees. The committee welcomes input from the membership and will use the results of their investigation in the possible development of a new dues structure for the 2016 budget.

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As we disperse for the holiday break, please note that the WMU-AAUP chapter office will be closed until Monday, January 12, 2015, so that our intrepid and invaluable office staff (administrative manager Susan Esman and administrative assistant Lori Maguire) can enjoy a well-deserved break over the holidays. As always, you can reach your chapter officers via email, although we ask for your patience if we are not able to respond immediately during the break:

  • President Lisa Minnick: lminnick(at)wmuaaup.net
  • VP-elect Brian Tripp (term begins January 1, 2015): btripp(at)wmuaaup.net
  • Contract Administrator Marilyn Kritzman: mkritzman(at)wmuaaup.net
  • Grievance Officer John Saillant: jsaillant(at)wmuaaup.net

Finally, many thanks to outgoing WMU-AAUP Vice President Bill Warren, whose term will expire on December 31, for his outstanding service to the chapter and to the faculty. We also owe thanks to our outgoing Executive Committee representatives: Ed Harkness, College of Fine Arts; Jo Wiley, Haworth College of Business; and Jim Muchmore, College of Education and Human Development. Much of the work performed by these dedicated colleagues is unsung, but all of it is critical to the effectiveness of the chapter on behalf of the faculty. Next time you see them, please do let them know how much they are appreciated.

Best wishes to all for an enjoyable holiday break and for a fulfilling, healthy, and prosperous new year, from the officers and staff of the WMU-AAUP.