Long before an election is held, we must build 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 set up committees and workgroups. We will continue to increase support and to develop new leaders before, during, and after the certification process.
Upon certification, we start the collective bargaining process. First, a membership survey establishes bargaining priorities; next, members of the faculty form bargaining and research committees; and finally, our bargaining team enters into negotiations with the university administration. Once negotiations are complete, the faculty bargaining team will submit the contract to the membership for ratification. Should the 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 will also draft a constitution and 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.