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Union FAQ, Links, and By-laws

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I help?

We would love to have you get involved in the union! Those of us who are already involved know that your time is limited — we’re adjunct professors, too, and we know that the life of an adjunct is the life of a juggler. We always need help with membership drives, publicity, and communications.

 

Contact Brian McNeil, acting president of AFEC-AAUP, at Brian_Mcneil@emerson.edu. The successes of the AFEC-AAUP to date have come from the efforts of volunteers, and any help is great help.

 

Getting involved in the union is a wonderful way to engage in your Emerson community by meeting your professional colleagues and making a home at the school.

 

 

Do I have to join the 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 financial core membership contribution. We won this employment requirement in our very first collectively bargained contract in 2004 and it is enforced now as a result of our successful 2010 membership drive. Please see the membership application page for details.

 

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. This provision makes the union stronger and better able to work on your behalf.

 

Whether you join the union or not, you are required to operate under the rules of the union contract.

 

 

How does the College decide how much to pay me?

There is a chart in the contract at Article 4 that determines the minimum salary you will receive for teaching a course at Emerson. First figure out how many credits you have taught at the school (if you don’t know, ask your department chair). Then see where your course falls within the per-credit salary chart.  If you’re teaching a 4-credit class, multiply the number in the chart by four. This is the minimum salary you will be paid.

 

The College can always pay more than the minimum. This is explicitly written into the contract language.

 

 

What’s the Emerson union’s relationship with the AAUP national office?

The official name of our union is the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, American Association of University Professors (AFEC-AAUP).  We are an independent, stand-alone union with an affiliation with the AAUP. This is different from being a chapter in a national union. When a union is a chapter, it is subject to ongoing management input by the parent organization. Instead, our union makes all its own decisions and is not subject to any oversight by the AAUP.

 

We do, though, get to draw on the resources and expertise of the AAUP in helping to establish equitable working conditions for part-time faculty at our school. Our union is deeply indebted to the AAUP for its help in getting established and getting a contract. The AAUP also helped when we had to file a grievance against the College in August 2006 to get faculty paid properly.

 

The AAUP was founded in 1915 and is devoted to “developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities,” according to the organization’s Web site. You can read more about the association at www.aaup.org.

 

 

I think the College is treating me unfairly. What’s the grievance procedure?

The union contract brings to the adjunct teachers of Emerson a formal process for grieving unfair practices. The union’s hope is that this will be a last step solution for making sure people are treated fairly.

 

If you feel you are being treated unfairly, the first step the union recommends is for you to try to resolve the matter by working with your department chair or other relevant school officers. You must try to rectify the situation yourself before you turn to the union. Many issues can be solved more quickly and efficiently if the union never gets involved.

 

If you have tried to solve the problem yourself and feel like you are still being treated unfairly, do these three things:

 

  1. Consult the union contract. Is there a specific provision of the contract that the school is in violation of? The union can not bring a grievance on your behalf unless there is a contract violation.
  2. Make several sets of photocopies of all relevant information—contracts, Emails, letters, evaluations, etc.—and write out a clear, detailed description of the history of the problem, the part of the contract you believe the College is in violation of, and what solution you are seeking.
  3. Contact union Grievance Officer Brian McNeil (also the acting president of the union) at brian_mcneil@emerson.edu or 617.824.7600 x 2143.  Please include your telephone number. Brian will take your request to the union officers, and as a team they will make a decision about the validity of your claim and whether the union will put its resources toward filing a grievance on your behalf.

 

The Grievance Procedure is Article 6 of the contact. It details how the process unfolds after a grievance is filed.

 

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Links

 

Emerson College

http://www.emerson.edu

 

Emerson College eCommon

This is the place to find your email, faculty tools, your personal course information, and the interface for online grading. Requires password for access.

http://ecommon.emerson.edu/

 

AFEC-AAUP on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Affiliated-Faculty-of-Emerson-College-AAUP-170795713012/

 

American Association of University Professors

http://www.aaup.org

 

Academe magazine

The journal of the AAUP.

http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/

 

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By-laws

 

 

BY-LAWS OF THE

AFFILIATED FACULTY OF EMERSON COLLEGE / AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF

UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS 



PREAMBLE 

 

The Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College/AAUP is a chapter of the American Association of University Professors. 

 

As the negotiating representative for part-time faculty, the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, seeks to promote and preserve the professional and economic well being of the unit members for whom it bears legal responsibilities. As a professional association and in addition to its responsibilities as negotiating representative, the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College seeks to enhance the academic environment of the college. 

 

These By-Laws regulate the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College. 

 

 

 

ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIP 

 

The Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College shall consist of all part-time/adjunct faculty who teach at least one course during the academic year at Emerson College, who are dues paying members of the AFEC/AAUP, and who are not graduate students at the college.  

 

Membership in the AFEC/AAUP confers membership in National AAUP. 

 

 

 

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS 

 

The Chapter Executive Board may call membership meetings of the Chapter at any time. There shall be at least one membership meeting per year. Twenty-five percent of members in good standing shall constitute a quorum. The agenda of each meeting shall be outlined in the call for the meeting. Changes to the agenda may be made by a two-thirds vote of the members attending the meeting. 

 

Members of the AFEC/AAUP in good standing shall be entitled to vote on all matters considered at these meetings; all other bargaining unit members (those who are qualified for membership but decline it) may attend, but may not vote.  

 

 

 

ARTICLE III: DUES AND FINANCES 

 

Dues shall be determined by the Chapter Executive Board, and ratified by the membership. Non-payment of dues shall be cause for removal from membership. Only members in good standing with respect to dues payment shall be eligible for office; for membership on any committee; or for voting rights in elections, contract ratification, or any other matter submitted for membership approval. 

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS OF THE AFEC / AAUP 

 

A. The officers of the Chapter shall be the President; the Vice President, and the Secretary / Treasurer. Officers are eligible to seek re-election. 

 

B. Election of Officers 

1) Chapter officers shall be elected by the membership through a secret mail ballot. 

2) The President shall be elected once every two years and shall serve for a period of two years beginning on September 1 of the year in which s/he has been elected.  

3) The Vice President shall be elected once every two years in alternate years from the President and Secretary/Treasurer, and shall serve for a period of two years beginning September 1 of the year in which s/he has been elected. The first vice-president elected will serve only one year to begin the staggering of terms. 

4) The Secretary / Treasurer shall be elected once every two years and shall serve for a period of two years beginning on September 1 of the year in which he/she has been elected.  

5) The Committee on Nominations and Elections of the Chapter Executive Board shall prepare a slate for election of officers by soliciting nominations from the membership and shall announce it to the membership. 

6) Ballots shall be mailed to all members of the AFEC/AAUP. Elections shall be conducted under the supervision of the Committee on Nominations and Elections. 

7) The election process shall be completed by August 15 of each election year. 

 

C. Each officer is subject to recall by the members of the AFEC/AAUP. 

1) A recall election must be initiated by recall by a petition stating the reasons for the proposed action and signed by twenty-five percent of union members. 

2) A petition demanding a recall election shall be presented to the Chapter Executive Board through the Secretary, who shall certify the authenticity and the member status of each signer. 

3) No recall petition shall be received after March 1 of the year in which the election is demanded; and each recall election shall be completed no later than 30 days after the petition  has been certified. 

4) A recall election shall be conducted by a special committee appointed by the Executive Board for that purpose. 

5) An officer shall be removed when two-thirds of those casting ballots so vote, provided only that the total voting for recall shall be no less than a majority of total votes cast in the   elections of that officer. 

6) When a vacancy occurs because of recall elections, the position shall be filled according to the procedures listed below under “Succession of Officers.” 

 

D. Succession of officers 

1) In the event the President cannot complete his/her term, the term shall be completed by the Vice President until a special election fills the vacancy. After serving temporarily as President, the Vice President shall resume his/her duties for whatever remains of the term of office. 

2) In the event that the Vice President cannot complete his/her term, the term shall be completed by the Secretary until a special election fills the vacancy. 

3) In the event that the Secretary cannot complete his/her term, the Chapter Executive Board, by a majority of those voting, shall elect a replacement to complete the term. 


 

ARTICLE V: DUTIES OF CHAPTER OFFICERS 

 

A. President 

1) Be spokesperson and official representative for the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College. 

2) Appoint the chair and members of standing committees, with the advice and consent of the Chapter Executive Board. 

3) Appoint with the advice and consent of the Chapter Executive Board the members of the administrative committees of the Chapter Executive Board; such members shall be drawn   from the Chapter Executive Board membership. 

4) Appoint the chair and members of special committees with the advice and consent of the Chapter Executive Board. 

5) Preside over meetings of the Chapter Executive Board. 

6) Initiate legal actions on behalf of the Chapter when authorized by the Executive Board

7) Provide direction to other officers and oversee their activities. 

 

B. Vice President 

1) Be spokesperson and official representative for the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College in the absence of the President. 

2) Assist the President as needed. 

3) Preside over meetings of the Chapter Executive Board in the absence of the President. 

 

C. Secretary / Treasurer 

1) Oversee the maintenance of the records of the Chapter. 

2) Keep minutes at all meetings of the Chapter Executive Board; prepare these minutes for reproduction and distribution to all union members. 

3) Review monthly the AFEC/AAUP’s expenditures. 

4) Prepare and present a financial report for the Chapter Executive Board and the general membership at least once per year, no later than June 1; prepare and present other financial reports as required by the President and/or the Executive Board. 

5) Recommend appropriate management of Chapter funds. 

6) Preside over meetings of the Executive Board in the absence of the President and the Vice President. 

 

 

ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE AFFILIATED FACULTY OF EMERSON COLLEGE / AAUP 

 

A. The internal affairs, collective negotiations and grievance handling policies and activities of the Chapter shall be coordinated by a Chapter Executive Board consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary / Treasurer, and two elected at-large members, each of whom may also chair a standing committee. The term of Chapter Executive Board representatives shall be two years.  

 

B. The at-large members of the Chapter Executive Board shall be elected once every two years in alternate years from the President and Secretary/Treasurer [the same years as the elections for vice-president], and shall serve for a period of two years beginning September 1 of the year in which s/he has been elected. The first at-large Executive Board members elected will serve only one year to begin the staggering of terms. 

 

C. If an at-large Executive Board member is unable to complete his/her term, a replacement shall be appointed by the Chapter Executive Board. If a representative misses three (3) consecutive meetings, s/he shall be considered withdrawn unless the Executive Board determines special circumstances. 

 

D. The Chapter Executive Board shall hold a minimum of four meetings throughout the year. 

 

E. The duties of the Chapter Executive Board are to: 

1) Determine membership dues in accordance with Article III. 

2) Assume responsibility for general fiscal affairs and approve the annual budget. 

3) Establish standing committees and conduct the affairs of the organization through those committees and special committees as provided by the By-laws. 

4) Establish and abolish special committees, as it deems necessary. 

5) Authorize legal action on behalf of the AFEC / AAUP. 

6) Authorize, after mail vote by the membership, job actions in support of the Chapter’s collective bargaining goals. 

 

 

ARTICLE VII: NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE 

 

A. The Negotiating Committee shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Chapter Executive Board. 

B. The Negotiating Committee shall be composed of the chairperson and at least three (3) additional members of the AFEC / AAUP. 

C. The Negotiating Committee shall function under negotiating policies determined by the Chapter’s Executive Board. 

D. The contract negotiated shall be ratified by mail ballot of a majority of the membership. 
 

 

ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS

 

These bylaws may be amended by two-thirds of those members voting at a regularly scheduled meeting, or a meeting especially called for such amendment, providing that members have received written notice and text of proposed amendments at least fourteen days before such a regular or special meeting is held. 

 

 

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