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KSU payroll deduction calculation for members.

Annual dues = .008 x base salary

9 month contract

 Paid out over 9 months

Monthly dues = Annual dues/9

 Paid out over 12 months

Monthly dues = Annual dues/9
   deducted Sept - May only

12 month contract

 Paid out over 12 months

Monthly dues = Annual dues/12

 

KSU payroll deduction calculation for non-members.

Annual fair-share fee = .0078 x base salary

9 month contract

 Paid out over 9 months

Monthly fair-share fee = Annual fair-share fee /9

 Paid out over 12 months

Monthly fair-share fee = Annual fair-share fee /9
   deducted Sept - May only

12 month contract

 Paid out over 12 months

Monthly fair-share fee = Annual fair-share fee /12

 

Explanation of Fair-Share

We invite you to become a member of the American Association of University Professors, Kent State University Chapter (AAUP-KSU). As you may know, the members of the collective bargaining unit consisting of both AAUP-KSU members and non-members alike, voted overwhelmingly on November 1st 2005 to enact a representation fee to be paid by all non-union, bargaining unit, members to cover their “fair-share” of the costs of bargaining and enforcing the collective bargaining agreement. We sincerely thank all bargaining unit members, especially our non-AAUP-KSU colleagues, who voted in favor of this fair-share fee. By this vote you have ensured a continued and strong faculty voice concerning the terms and conditions of employment at Kent State University.

The fee equivalent to 0.78 of 1% of non-members’ salaries started with the Fall 2006 semester and is automatically deducted from non-members’ paychecks. It is important to remember that paying your fair-share of the costs of collective bargaining does not automatically make you a member of AAUP-KSU. However, it does make the choice to become a member even easier, as AAUP-KSU members pay only 0.80 of 1% of their salaries in union dues and do not pay the fair share fee. For a cost of only two one-hundredth’s of 1% you can have all of the privileges of membership, the most important of which is the right to vote in Association elections and contract ratification.

Although AAUP-KSU represents all faculty in negotiations and provides services for all faculty whether or not they are members of AAUP-KSU, only members help to set the Association’s goals and priorities in advance of contract negotiations. Only members are allowed to vote on such important matters as contract ratification and whether or not to authorize a strike. Only members can elect departmental representatives to AAUP-KSU Council, serve as Council representatives or hold positions as officers of AAUP-KSU.

The American Association of University Professors differs from other unions in that local chapters write their own constitutions, make all their own decisions, and rely on their own resources. AAUP National does not step in to dictate bargaining strategies, for example, or even recommend whether faculty should go on strike in a given situation. AAUP National does provide assistance in crisis situations and acts as a resource for chapters but focuses most of its energies on issues at the national level. This means that AAUP-KSU depends almost completely on the talents and resources of Kent State faculty who step forward to become active members and participate in the leadership of the chapter.

We ask you to consider taking this opportunity to become a member of AAUP-KSU. Full membership will allow your voice to be heard on future votes concerning issues of importance to KSU faculty.

To become a member, download the Membership Form from the AAUP-KSU website at Membership Form, complete and sign the form and return to AAUP-KSU via Campus Mail.

If you have additional questions, please call the Association at (330)673-9118.