AAUP response to US Supreme Court Decision–Janus v. AFSCME

 

AAUP Statement On Supreme Court’s Ruling In Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

Washington, D.C. – In response to the US Supreme Court’s 5-4 verdict in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, the American Association of University Professors issued this statement from its president, Rudy Fichtenbaum:

Today, a narrow majority of Supreme Court justices issued a long awaited decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case advanced by wealthy special interests. Although this decision was not unexpected, we are disappointed by the opinion of the majority. At issue was whether non-union members, who share in the wages, benefits, and protections that have been negotiated into a collectively bargained contract, may be required to pay their fair share for the cost. The court ruled that they may not.

Those AAUP chapters that have been formally recognized as unions negotiate legally enforceable contracts that incorporate AAUP principles. This ruling makes their job more difficult.

On the surface, this case may seem like a technical one that doesn’t affect many faculty. But Janus and similar court cases and legislative initiatives are part of a broad assault on public institutions and the common good. They seek to roll back protections for working people, lessen public support for civic building blocks such as education, and diminish the ability of unions to have a positive impact.

AAUP members and chapters on campuses across the country advocate for academic freedom, professional values and standards, and the faculty voice in higher education. They help ensure that our students have challenging learning environments and strengthen our institutions of higher education.

Make no mistake, our fight as AAUP members to have a positive impact on our colleges and universities, to strengthen public higher education, and to protect academic freedom is not over. Together, we will continue to fight for our students, our campuses, and our communities. We will continue to say, loudly and clearly, that strong universities and well-educated citizens are essential to our survival as a democracy. That’s why our work as educators, union members, and advocates has never been more important than it is now.

– Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, AAUP

 

Calendar–General Membership meetings 2018-19

September
Chapter Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: TUC 425

November
Chapter Meeting
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: UCBA – 100 Walters

February
Chapter Meeting
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: TUC 425

April
Chapter Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: TUC 425

Kiss Me I am Union

The Chapter is organizing another social event for March 10th. To kick off St. Patrick’s Day, the coming of Spring, or for any other reason you’d like to celebrate, faculty can bring a guest if they’d like, meet for pizza and libations, discuss the progress and future plans of the AAUP, and then celebrate with the sounds of the high-energy, traditional Irish band The Drowsy Lads. The AAUP will have a room reserved at The Irish Heritage Center* for folks to gather in, eat, and drink starting at 6:30 p.m. and throughout the evening. The music starts at 8:00 p.m.

In addition to enhancing our own connections, the Chapter will be contributing to the broader community by donating a portion of all tickets purchased to the East End Adult Education CenterTickets ($5 per person) include admission to the show, food, and one beverage per ticket.

Please RSVP to aaupuc1@ucmail.uc.edu.

Come join us for a pint of solidarity! We look forward to seeing you.