Member Message February 20th, 2015

February 20, 2015 / Phil Lesch

Article 18 (Non-Tenure Track Faculty) Labor/Management Task Force Proposal
On Thursday, February 19, the Executive Council of PSU-AAUP voted to approve the Article 18 Task Force Report and to move this report into bargaining. Highlights of the Task Force Proposal:

  • After 4 years of contract employment at PSU, Non-Tenure Track faculty would become permanent employees with full job security protections
  • Both research and instructional faculty members would be eligible for these continuous appointments
  • Research positions funded by soft money could also be eligible for a continuous appointment if their research unit demonstrates a sustained pattern of bringing in enough grant funding to cover the cost of the position, even if the sources of those funds vary
  • Fixed-term appointments would still exist, but they would be limited to specific circumstances (such as temporary replacements for faculty on sabbatical or time-delineated research projects)
  • A continuous appointment would be awarded after a successful fourth year annual evaluation

This is a busy year for committees and task forces and we want to thank those AAUP representatives who served on the Article 18 Task Force:
            David Hansen, School of Business Administration            
            Michael Lupro, University Studies            
            Alan MacCormack, University Studies           
            Meg Merrick, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies           
            Leanne Serbulo, University Studies        

Family Friendly Task Force
The Family Friendly Task Force is busy and we will have updates on their work soon.

Speaker Series and kickoff for bargaining
Stay tuned for more information. We will be having several events in April and May to launch us into the next round of bargaining. Hard to believe...but yes, the time is coming quickly.

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