I hope this message finds you all well.
When our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was ratified in spring term of 2014, it contained two Letters of Agreement (LOA):
- creation of the Task Force on Family Friendly Policies (to review current policies and to identify possible changes for employees balancing family and career),
- creation of the Task Force on Academic Quality (to look at the many components of quality teaching and student support).
If you are interested in learning more about these two Task Forces, or would like to nominate yourself or someone else to represent AAUP, please be in touch with me.
In Article 18 we also agreed to create a Task Force to review employment practices of NTTF, a joint labor/management task force will be created to examine the numerous issues that have an impact on NTTF. Please be in touch with Leanne Serbulo if you would be willing to serve on this task force.
Lastly, at their last meeting PSU Board of Trustees has charged PSU to work on a strategic plan for the campus community and that work group will get started early in fall term. This will be a large committee of 25-30 people that will represent the many aspects of PSU. The work of this committee will most likely be done in smaller groups. It is very important that AAUP has solid representation during this planning process. If you are interested in learning more the planning process, or would like to nominate yourself or someone else to represent AAUP, please be in touch with me.
I realize it is early in the academic year to be asking for you to participate and volunteer. However, these groups are forming right now so they can get their important work underway. If you are new to PSU, this is a good way to meet people from other departments and to begin your service to both AAUP and to PSU. If you are not new to PSU, I ask that you consider giving some time to AAUP so that we can have an impact on the future of this institution.
Thanks for listening.
More news to come very soon! Lots going on!