As a potential strike draws nearer, Portland State University professors are receiving messages of support from various sources outside of their own union.
The University of Cincinnati faculty and administration moved one step closer today to a new collective bargaining agreement. The AAUP-UC Chapter membership voted overwhelmingly to ratify the contract, 94% in favor.
AAUP-UC President Greg Loving said of the vote, “This contract is a step in the right direction. As UC moves into its Third Century, much work remains if our university is to attract and retain the quality faculty necessary to compete as a top research and teaching university.”
The ratification comes after a long campaign by the faculty for a reasonable contract. During the past year, hundreds of faculty, as well as their friends, family, and students, attended board of trustees meetings, sent letters, telephoned, and tweeted the UC administration.
“We will continue to remind the administration that only a persistent investment in faculty will make the University of Cincinnati great for the students and our community,” Loving added.
The board of trustees is expected to ratify the contract at a special meeting on March 20th, 2014.
Due to the flurry of activity regarding contract negotiations, we would like to extend the deadline for nominations for the paradise scholarship. The final deadline for nominations is March 7th.
JAMES C. AND CHARLOTTE PARADISE SCHOLARSHIP
The University of Cincinnati Chapter of the American Association of University Professors announces the award of a scholarship for the 2014/2015 academic year. The amount of the award is $2000. Eligible nominees include any U.C. undergraduate at the level of Junior or above, who will be a full-time student at the University of Cincinnati for the academic year 2014/2015.
The Paradise Scholarship celebrates a partnership in life and law. James Paradise was the legal counsel of the UC AAUP through five years and three collective bargaining agreements. His expert knowledge of labor law was schooled by ten years as a National Labor Relations Board trial examiner and a General Counsel of the Brewery Workers International Union. His commitment to academic freedom was demonstrated by his tenure as President and board member of the American Civil Liberties Union. Charlotte Paradise was a teacher, an active member of the Cincinnati Women’s City Club, and her husband’s legal secretary for more than a decade. Their careers and civic activities exemplify the excellence which the scholarship is intended to reward.
Nominees should have good academic records that evidence an ability to do serious study and a willingness to accept challenges. Equally important, however, will be evidence that, in life outside the classroom, the student exemplifies the unselfish commitment to community service, concern for others, and willingness to defend human rights and civil liberties that characterized the lives of James and Charlotte Paradise. Activities that are undertaken as part of membership in social or fraternal organizations will not be taken into consideration for the Paradise Award.
If you know a University of Cincinnati undergraduate whose life displays these qualities, please nominate by sending his or her name, address, telephone number and email address to the campus office of the AAUP:
We will contact all nominees to invite them to apply.
THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MARCH 7, 2014; FOR APPLICATIONS, MARCH 31. THE AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE APRIL 10, 2014 AAUP CHAPTER MEETING.
This is what #UC looks like without faculty or students. #faircontractnow