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Board of Regent’s College Consolidation Plan Raises Red Flags

HARTFORD – Faculty from the four Connecticut State Universities continue to question a plan raised by Board of Regent’s President Mark Ojakian last spring and that is being voted on by the BOR Thursday, Dec. 14. The plan, called Students … Continue reading

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November Union News Is Here

NEW BRITAIN – The November Issue of Union News is available here and comes complete with a message from CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia on the latest contract-related issues facing faculty, as well as CSU faculty response to the Students First … Continue reading

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A Message From CSU-AAUP President On The Hartford HealthCare, Anthem Impasse

NEW BRITAIN – Like many other union sisters and brothers, CSU-AAUP members and retirees have been caught up in a power struggle between Anthem and Hartford HealthCare. On November 3, the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition sent a letter to … Continue reading

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SEBAC Sends Letter To Hartford Healthcare: Stop Using Our Members As Pawns

In response to the countless CSU-AAUP members and retirees caught up in a power struggle between Anthem and Hartford Healthcare and who are facing loss of access to doctors and mounting medical costs, the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition today … Continue reading

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The CSU-AAUP Annual Report For Academic Year 2016-2017

The CSU-AAUP Annual Report for academic year 2016-2017 can be read here. In it, you will find news of the busy year that CSU-AAUP leadership and members had as we pushed back against austerity budgets and attacks on collective bargaining, … Continue reading

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The Latest Issue Of Union News Is Here

The October issue of Union News looks at the newly passed budget and how it will affect our CSUs, rising inequality among faculty on college campuses, and a statement of solidarity with fellow higher education unions. The fact that the … Continue reading

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CSU-AAUP statement on updates to “Students First,” a community college consolidation plan

Upon the recent consolidation update announcements from Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian, CSU-AAUP stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the community colleges and the 4Cs, Council 4 AFSCME, and AFT. Acknowledging the layoff protections that exist … Continue reading

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Push Back Against The Austerity Budget

The austerity budget that passed the legislature and was vetoed by the Governor cannot be a starting point for further budget negotiations. To find out if your legislator supported the austerity budget that was vetoed by the Governor, click here. Calls … Continue reading

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Here’s The Low Down On Health Plan Changes

CSU-AAUP members should be aware that, as of Oct. 1, 2017, some changes have been made to members’ Health Plans. Here is a look at how you can avoid being hit hard in the pocket book by these Health Plan … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 Academic Year!

The start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year is upon us! With that comes the first issue of CSU-AAUP’s Union News and a welcome message from CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia. President Tapia lays out some important changes that faculty will encounter … Continue reading

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Action Alert: Stand up for public higher education in Connecticut!

The budget that passed the Connecticut legislature on September 15, 2017, has the potential to do serious harm to CSU, public higher education, and the State of Connecticut as a whole.  Even if Governor Malloy vetoes this version of the … Continue reading

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CSU-AAUP ACTION ALERT! Help Defend Public Higher Education From Decimating Budget Cuts

Connecticut legislators passed a state budget early Saturday morning that attacks quality public higher education in Connecticut. The budget slashes funding to the CSUs, which will in turn burden students and their families with higher tuition costs, program cuts, and … Continue reading

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Statement On The Budget From BOR President Mark Ojakian

“The cuts to public higher education included in the budget resolution passed yesterday would have a profound impact on CSCU students. Our students are almost entirely from Connecticut and they overwhelmingly stay here after graduation. Our students are not numbers … Continue reading

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CSU-AAUP honors long-time employees upon retirement

Caryl Schiff-Greatorex and Steve Greatorex, two well-known CSU-AAUP staff members, have retired from CSU-AAUP after 41 years of service. To honor their work for the organization, CSU-AAUP Presdient Elena Tapia introduced two resolutions honoring them at the AAUP National Meeting … Continue reading

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The 2016-2021 CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement

CSU-AAUP members voted to ratify the CSU-AAUP/BOR Tentative Agreement and the SEBAC Tentative Agreement on July 17, 2017. Both agreements were passed by the Connecticut State House of Representatives on July 24 and then by the Connecticut State Senate on … Continue reading

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Senate Votes In Favor Of SEBAC Agreement

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s State Senate voted to approve the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition concession agreement on July 31, 2017.  Below is the statement from SEBAC on the vote: We commend the State Senators who voted yes and Lieutenant Governor … Continue reading

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Statement On The CT House Of Representatives Vote On SEBAC Agreement

CSU-AAUP commends the Connecticut House of Representatives on making an important vote to protect critical public services and move our state forward by approving the SEBAC 2017 agreement.  This agreement saves $24 billion over the next 20 years, eliminates 30 percent … Continue reading

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Legislators Threaten CSU-AAUP Contract, SEBAC Agreement

NEW BRITAIN, July 20, 2017 – This week, CSU-AAUP membership overwhelmingly voted to approve the SEBAC Agreement and the new CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement. But now both of those hard-fought agreements are at risk of being thrown out by certain members … Continue reading

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Help Protect our Freedom to Negotiate

In Connecticut, we value our freedom. Working people deserve the same freedom corporate CEOs have: the freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work so we can provide for our families. But corporate CEOs are working with state politicians to chip … Continue reading

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State Employees Announce Vote To Affirm Labor Cost Savings Agreement With The Malloy Administration

Agreement Will Save The State of Connecticut $24 billion In Coming Years HARTFORD – State Employees gathered in Hartford at the CSEA Union Hall Tuesday, July 18, 2017, to announce that union members have voted to affirm the concession agreement … Continue reading

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CSU-AAUP Council, SEBAC Union Leaders Recommend Approval of the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement and SEBAC Tentative Agreement

This is a reminder to participate in the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and SEBAC Tentative Agreement ratification vote. If you were a CSU-AAUP bargaining unit member in spring 2017, you are eligible to participate in the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining … Continue reading

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Have questions about the SEBAC Tentative Agreement?

If you are wondering what the SEBAC Tentative Agreement will mean to you, please check out the Documents page on the menu bar on the CSU-AAUP website. There you will find a drop down menu with links to a various … Continue reading

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Tentative Agreement to Save Jobs & Benefits, Protect Public Services Moves Forward

Yesterday, June 25, State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) union leaders approved a tentative agreement (TA) for protecting members’ jobs and stabilizing benefits in order to assist in resolving the financial issues currently facing the state of Connecticut. The approval … Continue reading

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Obscenities And Posturing Abound At The State Capitol

New Britain – With only days to go until the end of the regular 2017 Legislative Session, political posturing is abundant at the Capitol. Republican leadership is making new forays into text-book examples of bad faith negotiating. Meanwhile, the GOP … Continue reading

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SEBAC Public Statement

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) voted this afternoon to open formal discussions with the Malloy administration around a framework that will save jobs and save costs to help address the ongoing revenue shortfalls that have caused Connecticut’s budget … Continue reading

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From CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia: 2017 Cost Savings Framework Announcement Update

Dear Colleagues: Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) today met with officials from the governor’s administration as part of ongoing exploratory talks. We have voted to move forward with formal negotiations, based on an … Continue reading

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Statement from CSU-AAUP reacting to Ojakian’s budget announcement

NEW BRITAIN – Responding to BOR President Mark Ojakian’s May 17, 2017, letter on falling state budget revenues and how the CSCU system will be affected, CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia issued the following statement: In his statement today, President Ojakian … Continue reading

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From SEBAC Talks To Consolidation Chaos, We’ve Got You Covered

NEW BRITAIN – Wondering what’s happening with SEBAC Talks? How about the Board of Regent’s latest plan to “transform” the CSUs? Want to know what Higher Education Chair Sen. Beth Bye said about faculty as she left the BOR meeting … Continue reading

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It’s All About The Money

HARTFORD – With revenue estimates plummeting further nearly every day, lawmakers have been at odds over how to craft a budget that would preserve programs and services – like public higher education – that work toward the common good. Across-the-board … Continue reading

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Education Unions Join In Support Of Accessible Education For All Students

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s education unions and the Connecticut AFL-CIO stood shoulder-to-shoulder with undocumented immigrant students at the Legislative Office Building on April 26, 2017, to unite behind two bills – Senate Bill 17 and House Bill 7000. CSU-AAUP member and ECSU professor Dr. William … Continue reading

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Job opening at UCHC-AAUP

The University of Connecticut Health Center-American Association of University Professors (UCHC-AAUP) is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. UCHC-AAUP represents the faculty at UConn Health, consisting of over 500 researchers, educators and clinicians, including physicians and dentists. The … Continue reading

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Unions Respond To Malloy’s Layoff Announcement

HARTFORD – Governor Malloy announced today his administration will begin notifying union leaders of contingency plans for layoffs. The governor said this action is being done now because of requirements in various collective bargaining agreements. More public service layoffs would only … Continue reading

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SEBAC Talks and CSU-AAUP Contract Negotiations Update

CSU-AAUP President and Chief Negotiator Elena Tapia gave an update on the CSU-AAUP Negotiations and the SEBAC Talks on Thursday, April 13, 2017. This is general information about the SEBAC Talks and more specific information about the local bargaining. When there … Continue reading

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Results are in for the 2017 CSU-AAUP officer elections

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Voting for the CSU-AAUP Officer Election ended at noon on April 14, 2017. The following candidates have been elected: CSU-AAUP President – Elena Tapia (ECSU) CSU-AAUP Vice President – Patricia O’Neill (WCSU) CSU-AAUP Secretary – Stephen … Continue reading

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From the O-Bomb to Negotiations Update: Read All About It in Union News

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., – The most recent issue of Union News is now available and includes details on the faculty reaction to BOR President Ojakian’s O-Bomb, also known as his consolidation announcement. Details about the April 13 SEBAC Talks and … Continue reading

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From President Tapia on the History of the CSU Faculty Leadership Group

The CSU Faculty Leadership group has existed since Fall 2010, when past CSU-AAUP President Vijay Nair first convened this group. Vijay had long considered convening such a group, and did so, when he became President in 2010. At the time, … Continue reading

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CSU Faculty Leadership Group Statement on President Ojakian’s “Students First” Proposal

On April 3, 2017, CSCU President Mark Ojakian dropped a bombshell — the “Students First” Plan — into the hands of the employees of the CSCU System.  Three days later, the Board of Regents approved that plan with little discussion … Continue reading

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Negotiations And SEBAC Talks Update Being Held April 13

CSU-AAUP Contract Negotiations & SEBAC Talks Update When:  Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Where: President’s Dining Room (PDR), Hurley Hall, ECSU, Willimantic, CT, 06226 Lunch provided. Come when you can. Speaker: Elena Tapia, CSU-AAUP President & Chief Negotiator … Continue reading

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Cast Your Vote: CSU-AAUP Officer Elections Are Underway!

Dear CSU-AAUP Member: If you are a voting member of CSU-AAUP, you are eligible to vote in the CSU-AAUP Officer election. The CSU-AAUP election is underway, beginning today, April 3, 2017, at 6 a.m. and will continue until noon on … Continue reading

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SAVE BorrowIT from 100 Percent Defunding

HARTFORD, March 29, 2017 – Has your public library ever borrowed a book or video for you from another library because yours didn’t have it? What a great service! Governor Malloy’s budget would end that service. Please read the message … Continue reading

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Connecticut State Conference AAUP Annual Spring Meeting

=The year’s Annual Spring Meeting for the Connecticut State Conference of the American Association of University Professors features keynote speaker Cornell Labor and Employment Law Chair Risa Lieberwitz. She is also General Counsel of the national AAUP and has served … Continue reading

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National AAUP leaders speak out on threats to faculty, higher education

Washington, D.C. – Shortly after the 2016 election, the AAUP warned that we could be facing the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period. It now appears that such a warning was not misplaced. Extremists in the administration, … Continue reading

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Thousands descend on Capitol for Labor Committee hearing

Hartford, CT – Union Strong was the message of the day on Feb. 21 when thousands of union members – public and private sector workers alike – descended on the Capitol to push back legislation that would take away collective … Continue reading

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Proposed bill would “manage” faculty out of their rights

NEW BRITAIN, Feb. 23, 2017 –  With a plethora of anti-union and anti-state worker bills being introduced this session in the Connecticut General Assembly, there is one that stands out as the most egregious from a faculty perspective. SB 596 … Continue reading

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CSU-AAUP Officer Nominations Underway

Message on behalf of the CSU-AAUP Nominations/Elections Committee: Russell Gladstone WCSU, Chr.; Theresa Bouley ECSU; Sue Holt, CCSU; Zak Tomczak, SCSU The CSU-AAUP Constitution requires us to elect new officers in odd-numbered years. Therefore, we are soliciting nominations for the … Continue reading

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Call to Action -Testify in Support of Higher Educaiton

NEW BRITAIN, Feb. 13, 2017 – CSU-AAUP members know why higher education matters to a community, a state, a society, and a nation. Now is the time to share this knowledge with the legislators who control the lifeblood funding of … Continue reading

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How wrong they are about “Right to Work”

January 23, 2017, – Right to Work legislation threatened to rear its ugly head this last week in the Labor and Public Employees Committee. Thankfully, that effort was quashed but there is more where that came from. Check out the … Continue reading

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New legislative session off to a roaring start

New Britain, Jan. 9, 2017 – The start of the 2017 Legislative Session saw many changes in leadership and committee chairs, as well as the introduction of legislation that is nothing more than attempts at union busting and attacks on … Continue reading

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And so it begins…CSU-AAUP responds to Governor’s State of the State Address

HARTFORD, Jan. 4, 2017 – Gov. Malloy’s reference to “state employee concessions” during his State of the State address may give some the impression that the governor expects a small minority of the population to resolve Connecticut’s fiscal challenges. The … Continue reading

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Goodbye ugly sweaters; hello ugly session

December’s Union News takes a look at the upcoming legislative session, including a list of pre-filed bills that are anti-worker and anti-immigrant, as well as a letter from the Office of Policy and Management on the burgeoning budget deficit. These … Continue reading

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