Save the date: Chapter meeting Friday, October 16

The WMU-AAUP fall chapter meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October
16, in room of the 157 Bernhard Center.

Here are some of the agenda items we’re working on for the meeting:

  • Chapter budget proposal for 2016
  • Workload reporting under Article 42
  • WMU support staff unionization effort
  • What do professors do? The Invisible Hours project
  • “Alternative Healthcare Plan” discussions
  • APR&P results
  • Celebrating the national AAUP centennial

Please send your suggestions for agenda items to staff@wmuaaup.net.

All bargaining-unit members are encouraged to attend the chapter meeting. As always, there will be tasty snacks and lively conversation.

Photo of September 2014 chapter meeting

Chapter meeting next Friday, January 23

Friday, January 23, at 1:30 p.m.
105-107 Bernhard Center

Please mark your calendar for next Friday, January 23, for a special chapter meeting to consider a new dues proposal developed by the WMU-AAUP budget committee. We will meet at 1:30 p.m. in rooms 105-107 of the Bernhard Center.

The proposal on the agenda is for a reduction of bargaining-unit member dues from what is now 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 chapter meeting.

In addition to the dues proposal, the agenda also includes discussion of the interim sexual misconduct policy announced by President Dunn earlier this week. And as always, the floor will be open for discussion of topics raised by faculty attendees.

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.