Benefits to Staff
The benefits of collective bargaining for university staff
Among the many potential benefits of forming a collective bargaining unit at UW Oshkosh is the creation of greater opportunities and securing job protection for Professional and Instruction Academic staff. According to an American Association of University Professors (AAUP) analysis of U.S. Department of Education figures, “over 50 percent of faculty serve in part-time appointments, and non-tenure-track positions of all types account for 68 percent of all faculty appointments in American higher education. Both part- and full-time non-tenure-track appointments are continuing to increase.” This national trend is reflected on the UW Oshkosh campus. Despite the increasing role of non-tenured professional and instructional staff in serving the University’s mission, the institutional structure has not yet evolved to protect the academic freedom, support the academic quality, and facilitate shared governance on the same level as tenured faculty within the UW System. The process of collective bargaining has provided an opportunity for the redress of these inequities at many universities including, but not limited to, Curry College, Kent State University, Oakland University, Rider University, Rutgers University, and Western Michigan University.
For more information on the issues related to non-tenure track staff and faculty see the American Association of University Professors webpages at:
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