May 2020: Checkout our latest updates in the May Membership Newsletter!
After our election was held in October 2019, we began building the structure and organizational capacity required to sustain our union well beyond certification. The exact internal structure of our union may take a number of forms, though typically faculty unions set up committees and workgroups. We will continue to increase support and to develop new leaders before, during, and after the certification process.
After certification, we began the collective bargaining process in early 2020. First, our membership survey established bargaining priorities; next, members of the faculty formed bargaining and research committees; and finally, our bargaining team entered into negotiations with the university administration. Once negotiations are complete, our faculty bargaining team will submit the contract to our membership for ratification. Should our membership vote to ratify the contract, we will enter into a monitoring and implementation phase where members, elected leadership, and staff work together to ensure that the terms of the contract are upheld by university administration, and to secure due process in the event of contract violations by the administration.
During the first year, we drafted a provisional constitution and will draft bylaws, which will determine the internal structure and decision-making processes for our union. We will maintain a democratic organization by facilitating regular meetings and engaging members on an ongoing basis.
If you are interested in getting more involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!