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UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Blog 2019-20

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Updates

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #12 UC Berkeley January 15, 2020

As Contract Expiration Approached, UC Canceled Day One of this Two Day Sessionucaft190329a.png

At 8pm on Monday the 13th, UC’s chief negotiator, Nadine Fishell, cancelled bargaining on 14th. This last minute cancellation cost us valuable time. The clock was ticking toward contract expiration and every minute counted. Most of our team had already travelled to Berkeley, so we made the most of it and had a productive day working in-person on our proposals.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #11 UCSB December 12-13

Solidarity from UC Senate Faculty: President of the Council of UC Faculty Associations Confronts UC Administrationucaft190329a.png

Constance Penley, statewide president of the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) and UCSB senate faculty member, read a statement from CUCFA in support of our bargaining campaign and added her own powerful words of solidarity. She warned UCOP representatives “not to underestimate the strength of the ladder faculty support for our colleagues who are lecturers” and noted that major faculty and scholarly organizations such as AAUP and MLA have prioritized improving conditions for contingent faculty nationwide. She stressed that UCOP needs to finally “recognize, respect and reward the vital contributions that lecturers -- our colleagues -- make to the campus community.”

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #10 UCLA December 3

UCLA Members and Supporters Pack the Room...Again!ucaft190329a.png

Our members and student allies showed up in force at UCLA with a presence that filled the room all day. Several members gave moving testimony about failures in the appointment and reappointment process, delayed and/or forgotten merit reviews, including one unfairly punishing a new mother, as well as crooked attempts by the university to change employment terms mid-contract.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #9 UC Merced November 14-15

Our Proposals are Backed By National Trends & Senate Support is Growingucaft190329a.png

We shared the resolution recently passed by the UC Berkeley Academic Senate Division Council in support of us and our demands. A similar resolution was adopted by the UC Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate, and additional statements of support are in the works on other campuses. We’re grateful for this faculty solidarity and the recognition that precarity and contingency are problems for a united faculty to solve.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #8 UCSC October 17-18

The Rocky Bargaining Picture Showucaft190329a.png

When UC management wants to go backward with major takeaways (such as eliminating all rights to reappointment for pre-continuing faculty and making it easier to lay off continuing faculty), bargaining feels like being stuck in a time warp. With camp and flair, UCSC activists showed admin that they can’t just cast us off into another dimension. More than 200 UC-AFT members, undergraduate students, graduate students, and tenure-track faculty allies put on a Rocky Horror-themed rally with the message that we love teaching UC students too much to let their education get lost in time, lost in space and meaning.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #7 UC Irvine October 8

Victory for Andrew… Every Lecturer Deserves this Benefitucaft190329a.png

Negotiations at UCI began with a warm and heartfelt statement of gratitude from UCI lecturer, Andrew Tonkovich, who had just heard the day before the UC management granted his full paid medical leave for Fall quarter.  We made progress delivering our initial proposals on Continuing Appointment Review Process, Merit Review Process and a new Review Criteria article.  UC managers proposed drastic reduction in the length of notice in the case of layoff.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #6 UC Berkeley September 16-17

Faculty equity...Who needs it? UC negotiators do not think we do!ucaft190329a.png

Our team came to Berkeley prepared with member testimonials, a research based presentation on the efficacy of student evaluations in measuring teaching effectiveness, with detailed questions about UC's proposals and with proposals of our own.  Read the full update for all the important details from this two-day session. 

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #5 UC Los Angeles July 31

Powerful Member Testimonials: “The Workload is Too Damn High”ucaft190329a.png
The UCLA bargaining session began, once again, with deeply personal and powerful member testimonials on negative impacts to our members, our families and to our careers from excessive workload, disrespectful hiring and reappointment practices, underemployment, and systematic, forced turnover.

UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #4 UC San Diego July 19

UCOP ignores need for adequate office space and student confidentialityucaft190329a.png

UC continued to roll out take away proposals, while UC-AFT pressed on with principled and well researched proposals for Parental and Academic Leave.


UC-AFT Faculty Bargaining Update #3 UC Berkeley June 19

We Packed the Room: Amazing show of support from faculty, students & librarians!ucaft190329a.png
Nearly 100 members and supporters attended bargaining and our rally in Berkeley.  It became clear in this session that UC-AFT and UC have radically different visions for the future of Pre-Continuing Appointment and Reappointment process and rights.