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March 6th, 2024

AAUP Bucknell Stands in Solidarity with Bucknell Residential Adviser Union (OPEIU 153)

On Monday, March 4, student-employee residential advisers filed a petition asking the Bucknell administration to voluntarily recognize their union by this Friday, March 8. At the same time, they filed for recognition with the National Labor Relations Board, the federal body that adjudicates the National Labor Relations Act which guarantees all private sector employees their rights as workers including the right to organize and advocate for fair pay and working conditions, with or without a union. The Bucknell Residential Adviser Union is backed by 77% of residential advisers and supported by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local […]

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March 1st, 2024

Take Action ! February 2024

Advocate AAUP Values Everyday  AAUP Bucknell encourages members and participants to advocate for our values of academic freedom, workplace democracy, equitable compensation, and fair work distribution. Regardless of your position at the university, whether faculty, staff or student worker, you can be an advocate knowing that AAUP has got your back. Here are some ways: Advocate AAUP values at . . .

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March 1st, 2024

Chapter Meeting: February 2024

Our AAUP chapter convened in person and on Zoom on February 9, 2024 for our first meeting of the calendar year. Despite finding ourselves in the throes of the semester, turnout was robust, with several  members also tuning in virtually. We welcomed new members with a round of introductions.  Executive committee lead Ken Field then took on the first item of business: reviewing the recent NLRB ruling resulting from the VAP organizing effort last year. Ken encouraged new members to continue to reach out to colleagues and coworkers, while emphasizing positive and inspiring themes. He went on to explain that, […]

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February 26th, 2024

Israel-Palestine Campus Events and Call for Ceasefire

On Thursday February 1st, The MLK Week Committee and Bucknell’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life co-sponsored a discussion session titled, “Why Is the Conversation So Hard? Islamophobia, Antisemitism and Israel-Palestine Dialogue”. On Tuesday February 13th, the Division of Equity & Inclusive Excellence hosted two speakers from Parents Circle. Ofer Lior, an Israeli who had lost his brother and Arab Aramin, a Palestinian who had lost his sister. It is somewhat heartening that campus events have focused on open dialogue and shared humanity, which cannot be taken for granted in a national culture that seeks to undermine the unencumbered pursuit […]

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February 7th, 2024

NLRB Notice and Your Rights as a Bucknell Employee

On January 17, Bucknell released a Notice (available in the top banner in myBucknell) as part of a Settlement Agreement with the National Labor Relations Board, the independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees. The Notice reminds us of our collective rights as employees. The executive committee believes it is important to understand the context that led to this settlement to better understand those rights. The correct case number at the NLRB is 06-CA-318937. The Bucknell AAUP successfully submitted a Freedom of Information Act request and obtained the redacted information that confirms some of the details […]

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December 5th, 2023

Membership Committee Report (Fall 2023)

AAUP members also heard from our Membership committee, whose primary charge remains to recruit broadly across the university. This fall, the committee reached out to potential members through personal networks such as individual invitations and group emails, and was generally encouraged by the result of these efforts. Noting that only relying on personal networks might produce blind spots—especially when it comes to getting non-faculty workers on board—the committee urged all AAUP members to be creative with their outreach.  To this end, the committee’s goals for the spring include broadening contact with different constituencies on campus, in particular staff, VAPs, and […]

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December 5th, 2023

Communications Committee Report (Fall 2023)

AAUP Bucknell’s Communications Committee sees its charge as facilitating communication among all employees at Bucknell, because we know that communication creates community, and community engenders power. The committee’s fall 2023 goal was to make AAUP Bucknell a consistent presence in people’s inboxes and across campus.  Toward this end, we began the monthly newsletter (which you’re reading) linked to regular blog posts on the AAUP Bucknell website. The website and newsletter inform readers about best practices for building collective power (“Strategies for Solidarity”), the impact of AAUP Bucknell and AAUP national (“the AAUP Difference”), news related to our 2023-24 goals (“Workplace […]

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December 5th, 2023

Workplace Democracy and Voice Committee Report (Fall 2023)

In Fall 2023, the Workplace Democracy and Voice committee identified its charge as developing proactive plans for shared governance mechanisms already existing and to facilitate communication among staff who often feel siloed by current communication practices at the university. Toward this end, the committee reached out to the University Staff Personnel Committee to encourage USPC to be more forthcoming about their work and its outcomes, to which the co-chairs replied that they are exploring how to provide monthly updates. This advocacy to get USPC to work for staff will continue into Spring. The committee’s conversations also revealed the need to […]

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December 5th, 2023

Work and Pay Committee Report (Fall 2023)

AAUP Bucknell’s Worksharing and Pay Transparency Subcommittee reported back to the  chapter a busy and exciting semester. The subcommittee is continuing efforts from previous years that made strides in pay transparency and generally increasing the knowledge on campus of what salaries look like for faculty and staff across campus by Dr. Clare Sammells’ opt-in salary sharing survey. The subcommittee is expanding to ensure that AAUP and others have access to information about pay bands across all university employees. Maintenance of that database, particularly as compensation and job descriptions change, is critical for employees at Bucknell in a range of roles. […]

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October 27th, 2023

Tenure for the Common Good

It’s no secret that college campuses have a range of labor relations, which can create a sense of competition and scarcity among divisions and even within departments. Bucknell relies on the labor of more than 1500 employees—ranging from non-tenure-track, tenure-track and tenured faculty, a wide range of staff positions, student employees, and subcontracted workers like those employed by Parkhurst Dining Services. With the exception of tenured faculty, all these workers are at-will employees who can be fired at a moment’s notice. In 2017, a group of tenured faculty members from across the US founded “Tenure for the Common Good” which […]

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