Hello TT Faculty members,

I’d like to provide you with a brief update on the status of the negotiations for a successor to our 2015 contract.  Things are proceeding a bit slower than we would prefer.  To date, the parties have met just three times: on May 31st to establish the Ground Rules, on June 11th to exchange the parties’ respective lists of articles to open in this round of negotiations, and on July 2nd to exchange proposals on several articles.  A previously scheduled session on June 27th was cancelled by the administration team.  The parties are scheduled to meet next on July 19th.

It has been traditional for the parties to make significant progress on the non-economic articles before making initial proposals on the three economic articles: Article XII (Salary), Article XIII (Medical Benefits), and Article XIV (Other Benefits).  At the June 11th meeting, AAUP-KSU made proposals for inserting language concerning Chair searches and “banked” workload hours previously agreed to by the parties as part of the resolution to two grievances as well as a proposal for major housekeeping changes to the language of Article VI, Section 7 concerning the University-wide Faculty Handbook.  On July 2nd, AAUP-KSU made initial proposals on the two remaining non-economic articles that we had opened for negotiation: Article I (Definitions) and Article XXIV (Duration and Negotiation Procedure).  
At the June 11th meeting, the administration indicated a desire to propose changes to a significant number of non-economic articles, including Article VI (Governance), Article IX (Workload), Article XIX (Faculty Professional Development), Article XX (Intellectual Property), and Article XXI (Distance Education).  We have yet to receive initial proposals from the administration on any of these articles.  The only proposals we have received from the administration to date concern changes to Article II (Recognition and Dues Deduction) and Article XVII (Association Rights) in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling concerning “Fair Share” representation fees.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as bargaining unfolds throughout the summer.  Specific language proposed by either party can be found on the AAUP-KSU website (https://www.aaupksu.org/tenure-track-unit/negotiations-2018).  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the AAUP-KSU office.
Deborah C. Smith
Chief Negotiator, AAUP-KSU Tenured & Tenure Track Unit