~ Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College ~





Welcome to the Web site for the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, American Association of University Professors (AFEC-AAUP). Our Union represents the adjunct faculty of Emerson College, a liberal arts school in Boston, Massachusetts.


The adjunct faculty voted to unionize in 2001 and ratified its first contract with the school in 2004. The current 5-year contract was ratified and signed in 2009.



= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =


2013-2014 Pay Chart (August, 2013)


In our current contract, the minimum wage per credit paid by the College to faculty members is detailed in “Table 4.1 Minimum Wage Per Credit.” The 2013-2014 pay chart [PDF], reflecting a 2% increase over last  year, is now online: click here [PDF].


= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =


From the AFEC President to Adjunct Faculty (August, 2013)


Dear Colleagues,


As the president of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College-AAUP, let me introduce you to your union and outline your obligations as an adjunct faculty member. As the cover letter to your contract notes, you will need to sign a dues deduction form, write a dues check, or pay a core membership fee by October 7th.


Who are we?

We’re a faculty union that protects your rights as a teacher, represents your interests to the administration, and collectively bargains the contract that governs adjunct employment at Emerson College. We also periodically sponsor group events, send out an email newsletter, and host a Facebook page that links to articles of interest to adjunct faculty.


What does AFEC-AAUP do?

Since 2001, AFEC-AAUP has negotiated two contracts on behalf of the 240 adjuncts employed at Emerson College this semester. Some of the highlights include: 


Ø  Your pay increases by 2-4% each year to keep pace with each year’s rise in Boston’s cost of living index.

Ø  The professional development fund of $10,000 annually allows adjunct faculty to apply for up to $750 reimbursement for travel costs and fees for conferences, workshops, and festivals. Funding is provided for the next fiscal year, starting next summer. You will be eligible for this fund after you’ve taught at least one class in three consecutive years.

Ø  Access to medical and dental benefits based on seniority, after 60 credits. (See Article 4.10 in our current contract for more details.) 

o    Other benefits for all faculty can be found here: http://www.emerson.edu/about-emerson/offices-departments/human-resources/benefits/benefit-summaries.

o    Brynna Bloomfield recommends fully investigating your options with health insurance broker Diane Conroy, 781-228-2131.

Ø  We have representation on the AAUP’s national committee on contingent faculty issues.

Ø  We provide support when you need to speak to your department chair. When necessary, we speak on your behalf to chairs, deans, and the president. When all else fails, you have the security provided by a legally binding grievance and arbitration procedures. We recently settled an arbitration case that got a member back pay and reimbursement for health care coverage.


In addition to the serving officers, there are a few other members you should be aware of: David Akiba (serving on the President’s Advisory Committee), Judith Hull (Development Fund and Bargaining Committee), and Gail Burton, Raymond Liddell, and Sarah Wright are also on the Bargaining Committee, along with the officers. We’ll be heading into a new bargaining session next summer, so if you have ideas or would like to volunteer, drop me a line.


Your obligations

The last full paragraph of your appointment letter says that as a condition of employment at Emerson College, you must either make a direct payment arrangement with AFEC-AAUP or sign a written authorization of an automatic dues deduction. It is a condition of your employment in future semesters at Emerson College. I’d like to explain what that employment requirement means for you.


Why is it there? We won this new employment requirement in our very first collectively bargained contract in 2004 and it is enforced now as a result of our successful membership drive. Sometimes called fair share, our contract’s core membership provision requires every faculty member covered by the contract to contribute to the cost of negotiating, administering, and enforcing it. That means that everyone in the bargaining unit must either become a dues-paying union member or pay their fair share to cover the costs incurred by the union on their behalf, given the union’s legal responsibility to represent all members of the bargaining unit. This provision makes the union stronger and better able to work on your behalf. (See the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding between the College and AFEC-AAUP about the fair share implementation for further details.)


Do I have to join a union? No member of the bargaining unit is obliged to become a full member of AFEC-AAUP, but all are required to either join the union or pay the core membership contribution. The provision does not require anyone to vote on union proposals or to advocate for particular beliefs. We encourage everyone’s participation, however, because a union that includes many voices and perspectives is a strong one. If you would like to join, please print out a Membership Application.


What will this requirement mean for me?

Ø  252 people signed a dues deduction union form and don’t have to worry about this requirement again. If you sign, $40 in union dues will be deducted from your paycheck December 15th when you work in the fall semester and another $40 on April 15th if you work in the spring semester. Deductions only occur if you’re employed at Emerson College. The dues form must be RECEIVED by AFEC by October 7th. You may instead write a dues check every semester by that due date.

Ø  Alternatively, you can write a $40 check to pay for their core membership contribution but NOT join the union. It must be RECEIVED by AFEC by October 7th. Paying by check will be required EVERY semester you are employed at Emerson College.

Ø  Failing to join the union or contribute to the costs incurred representing you makes you ineligible to be rehired in future semesters.


What’s the mailing address? You can send checks and dues deduction forms to David Kociemba either through campus mail (VMA department, 915B Ansin building) or to his current home address, which is 80 Prentiss Street #1, Watertown, MA 02472.


How do these amounts get set? For more on this process, see our bylaws. These amounts among the lowest annual rates in the state for a teachers union.


Best wishes,


David Kociemba

President, AFEC-AAUP

Email: david dot kociemba at gmail dot com











Copyright © 2013 Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, American Association of University Professors (AFEC-AAUP)