AAUP-UC Bulletin


Dear Faculty,

Yesterday the Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Budget Committee released the Joint Budget Committee Report.  The Report was initially in response to the Administration’s proposal to reduce faculty salaries in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. That proposal has since been withdrawn.

The purpose of the Joint Report is three-fold:

  • to analyze the extent of Covid-19’s impact on UC’s budget,
  • to identify possible strategies to preserve UC’s academic and research missions, and
  • to evaluate the shared sacrifice across all units

We heartily thank the Committee members–Amber Peplow, Dan Carl, Sarai Hedges, and Steve Mockabee–for their deeply positive work. The Report is thorough and comprehensive, a clarion call for real and dramatic change in the university’s budget priorities and an urgent appeal to refocus on the core academic missions of teaching and research.

The Joint Report is not the end, of course, but represents instead the beginning of a campaign for meaningful change. As a next step, we’re asking Faculty to please share the Report on social media. Click here for a summary that can be easily posted to social media sites.  Campaigning for meaningful change at UC involves students, parents, and the entire community. We need to make them part of the conversation, too.

AAUP-UC will be promoting the Report as part of the Fight for 51% campaign. A decade ago, 51% of UC’s budget was allocated to support the university’s teaching and research efforts. That percentage has been reduced over time to just 43% in 2020. A return to 51% will have a  demonstrably positive impact on teaching and learning at UC, and we hope all Faculty will join us in the Fight for 51% campaign.

If UC doesn’t make fundamental changes to its funding priorities and budget, our university will find itself in a position similar to Wright State University.

Thank you again to the Committee. And thanks to all of you, in advance,  for doing your part in promoting the Report.

In Solidarity,
Connie KendallTheado

Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Committee Report

Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Budget Committee Report
November 9, 2020

Committee Chair:
Amber Peplow
Blue Ash College
Faculty Senate Budget Priorities Chair 2019-2020
AAUP Budget and Compensation Chair

Committee Members:
Dan Carl
College of Allied Health
Faculty Senate Vice Chair 2019-2020

Sarai Hedges
College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty Senate Vice-Chair 2020-2021
AAUP Executive Council At Large Member

Steve Mockabee
College of Arts & Sciences
AAUP Treasurer

Click here to view the Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Budget Committee Report

Click here to view the Joint Committee Report powerpoint presentation from the AAUP Chapter Meeting on 11/12/2020.

COVID-19 Response – Update


Thank you all for your feedback, attention, and support as we continue to navigate this challenging time. What follows are two critical updates: the first details the AAUP-UC discussions with UC Administration about compensation in the context of projected budget issues due to COVID-19, and the second focuses on the future work of the Joint AAUP/Faculty Senate Budget Task Force. You can also watch a recording of the July 29th Town Hall on our webpage for more information about these topics if you were unable to attend.

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to complete the survey we sent out a few weeks ago. The responses provided important guidance to the Executive Council. Perhaps unsurprisingly, results indicated that Faculty have already put in a tremendous amount of extra time and energy converting Spring Semester classes and preparing for an uncertain Fall Semester. For example, 85% of faculty reported spending additional time over Spring Break preparing for remote learning, with the modal response being more than 30 hours of extra time. Faculty were also clear that, while they were reluctant to consider cuts to compensation or healthcare, they were willing to explore the option of extending the benefits of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for another year.

The final Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Administration and AAUP-UC will call for a 20% reduction in Faculty Development funds for FY 2020-2021 and will offer Faculty the option to take voluntary furlough days between August 2020 and April 2021.

What follows is a recap of the proposal/counterproposal process.

  • The Administration initially proposed 5 mandatory furlough days, an elimination of FY 2020-21 salary increases, and a one-year extension of the CBA. Furlough days would have been based on a work year of 146 days for 9-month Faculty and 209 days for 12-month Faculty. Compensation cuts would have been permanent and would not have been made up with increases in future years. For example, this would have cost an Assistant Professor making $60,000 more than $80,000 over the course of their career at UC.


  • In response to this initial proposal, AAUP-UC countered with a temporary one-year delay in the FY 2020-21 salary increase, where the increase would have been added back into a faculty member’s salary in the later years of the contract. This proposal would have comported with the cuts taken by UC’s upper administrators, which are temporary. It also would have produced a one-time savings for UC of over $7 million. Ultimately, however, the Administration decided that it was not in a position to extend the CBA for one year because of economic uncertainties. In short, the Administration turned down AAUP-UC’s proposal and the $7 million in savings it would have produced.


  • AAUP-UC also proposed labor-management committees to study and report on the UC budget, as well as the competitiveness of UC Faculty salaries. These proposals were rejected without counteroffers.


  • The Administration then proposed a voluntary furlough plan, which AAUP-UC was willing to accept after some modifications. While some individual faculty members have expressed an interest in participating in a voluntary furlough program, many faculty members—including those who have attended the Town Halls this summer—are skeptical of furloughs generally. A voluntary furlough program importantly leaves the decision to individual UC faculty members about whether to participate. Faculty who are interested in participating in the voluntary furlough program should contact the AAUP-UC office to obtain a form that delineates the procedure and their rights. This process is designed to ensure that the faculty member’s decision is informed and free of undue pressure.


  • The Administration initially proposed the elimination of most Faculty Development Funds for FY 2020-2021.  Based on the survey results, however, this proposal was not practical: Faculty still expect to have a considerable need for funding, and many will be adapting their professional development activities to fit the current crisis. Ultimately, an agreement was reached to allow a 20% reduction of most Faculty Development funds. The 20% reduction, along with any unspent funds will be returned to the colleges to alleviate the fiscal crisis.

Meanwhile, the joint AAUP-UC/Faculty Senate Budget Task Force continues to do its important work and will be releasing a comprehensive report later this summer. The AAUP-UC remains concerned about the nature of permanent cuts to college operating budgets. A recurrent theme raised by Faculty at the July 29th Town Hall noted that UC’s Administration has not provided clear answers as to why they are proposing permanent budget cuts to solve a temporary budget crisis. Earlier this month, Ohio announced that cuts to the State Share of Instruction (SSI) would be far less severe than what the UC Administration had projected. UC’s response was to eliminate the use of any of its reserve funds to deal with the pandemic. This is not the response one would expect of an institution in a financial crisis. The short- and long-term impacts of these permanent cuts are of concern to many Faculty and will have adverse effects for the core mission of the University. Permanent solutions are still necessary to re-focus UC on its core academic mission of teaching and research.

As we move forward, the proposed changes to Faculty Development funding and the option of voluntary furloughs will be incorporated in an MOU. Because we avoided reopening the contract, this action will not require a vote of the membership. The AAUP-UC team wishes to thank the Administration for their professionalism and cordiality during these discussions. We hope to continue to work with UC Administrators in good faith as we move forward together in partnership to keep UC’s academic mission robust and healthy.

Overall, these discussions resulted in a very positive outcome. Many other Ohio Faculties had furloughs and reductions forced upon them. We are fortunate that we have a strong Collective Bargaining Agreement as a foundation for these discussions.

And finally, thank you to our membership for your support. We have received many, many new memberships over the last few months, which not only makes our Chapter stronger but also better positioned going into negotiations in 2022. Remember that only members can vote on the Contract or changes made to the Contract. If you are not yet a member, please visit the AAUP-UC website or email the office for a membership form.

In solidarity,

Connie Kendall Theado
AAUP-UC President

Town Hall Meeting July 29, 2020

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey on COVID 19 responses. The participation rate was very high. Your responses are productively guiding the Chapter’s Executive Council as we move forward.

The survey results clearly demonstrate that  Faculty have put in a tremendous amount of additional work in response to COVID-19 and thus have reservations about making substantive changes to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). An AAUP Works article outlining the survey results will be published by the Chapter shortly.

To gather additional feedback and provide an update on the situation, we will be holding another university-wide Faculty Town Hall on Wednesday, July 29, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. A link to the town hall will be sent the day before the meeting.

As a reminder, the AAUP-UC Chapter received a request to engage in formal discussions with the Administration—including the exploration of contractual means—to address the financial crisis facing UC. Negotiations are not required, and the current CBA will remain the same unless both sides agree to change the terms. AAUP-UC has appointed a team to engage in preliminary discussions and exchange information with the Administration. Again, please bear in mind that these are not formal negotiations at this time.

The AAUP-UC team is composed of the AAUP staff, Eric Palmer (Executive Director), Jeff Cramerding (Director of Contract Administration), Dave Rubin (former Executive Director and consultant), along with the following faculty members:

Steve Mockabee, A&S
Amber Peplow, UCBA
Virginia Russell, DAAP

Professors Mockabee and Peplow also serve on the AAUP-UC/Faculty Senate Joint Budget Committee. Their expertise and familiarity with UC’s budget and the financial implications of the current situation have been advantageous. Professor Russell has been on past bargaining teams and is a particular expert in the area of faculty development funds. We thank all three of these faculty members for their commitment of time and service on behalf of our Chapter.

As always, the AAUP-UC Executive Council will continue to be as diligent and transparent as possible as these discussions proceed. I hope to see you at the Town Hall on Wednesday.

In solidarity,
Connie Kendall Theado
AAUP-UC President