Hello TT Faculty members,
The parties engaged in a mediated bargaining session assisted by Federal Mediator Brittney Howard on March 26, 2019. This session did not result in any significant progress toward an agreement on a successor to our 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. At this time, no future sessions are planned. The fact-finding hearing is scheduled for April 22nd before Mr. Barton Bixenstine. At that hearing, Mr. Bixenstine will consider the evidence presented by both parties and issue a report outlining his non-binding proposal for a fair settlement on the outstanding issues. AAUP-KSU will then conduct a vote of our dues paying membership on whether or not to accept the fact-finder’s report. At the same time, the Board of Trustees will vote on the fact-finder’s report.
AAUP-KSU is the Kent State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors. At the national level, the AAUP is known for its work in promoting positive academic values and shared governance, as well as protecting faculty against attacks on tenure and academic freedom. AAUP-KSU shares those interests and also serves as the collective bargaining agent for all full-time faculty at Kent State University. First established in 1978, there has been an AAUP chapter at Kent State for forty (40) years.
Membership entitles you to an active voice in determining the issues, goals, and priorities of AAUP-KSU and to voting rights with regard to contract issues. In particular, membership gives you an active voice in determining the issues and priorities established for negotiations.