FT Contract Campaign
The Contract Campaign Committee works to inform faculty what is at stake in bargaining, and to prepare for the public campaign that will begin if impasse is declared. Participants needed at any level; no extensive commitment necessary. Email committee co-chair Larry Rudiger for more information.
UA President Speaks at Labor Day Rally
Following the declaration of impasse in full-time faculty contract negotiations, UA President Denise Youngblood addressed the Burlington Labor Day rally with these remarks.
On Thursday, August 28th, United Academics and the University administration reached impasse. The public phase of the campaign has begun. For more information, see the press release.
Members of United Academics have the opportunity to actively participate in the formulation of state policy that could have a profound effect on the future of higher education in Vermont. Act 148 is a measure that establishes an interim committee to "study and develop proposed policies to make the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) and the University of Vermont (UVM) more affordable for Vermont residents." more...
Vermont Cynic: Instruction, Not Construction
In the face of lecturer cuts, the Vermont Cynic aptly asserts that “UVM needs to focus on teaching”. Read more about UVM’s skewed priorities in our archive of media coverage of Administrator compensation.
David Shiman Receives AAUP Sternberg Award
UA Past President David Shiman has received the 2014 AAUP-CBC Marilyn Sternberg award, given to the “AAUP member who best demonstrates the concern for human rights, courage, persistence, political foresight, imagination, and collective bargaining skills.”
David’s thoughts on UA upon his retirement are here. David’s name appears on the other side of a brand-new UA award as well...
UA Scholarships Awarded
UA recognized eight students working for social justice, out of twenty inspiring and inspired activists who applied. Please join us in congratulating them! Information about the recipients and the awards is on the Scholarships page.
Pres. Youngblood: Education Still “the Primary Business” of UVM?
A recent Cynic article quotes UA Pres. Denise Youngblood that the non-renewal of outstanding lecturers is “not in the best interest” of UVM as it strives to make itself a “premiere research University.”
Congressman Welch Receives AAUP Yost Award
Nominated by UA, Peter Welch is the recipient of this year’s Henry T. Yost award, “given to a member of the United States House of Representatives or Senate in recognition of outstanding leadership in higher education.”
Skyrocketing administrative compensation at UVM is a recurring topic in local and even national news media. UA has assembled an archive of media coverage over recent years, demonstrating intense public scrutiny and concern over this issue—and the fact that our Board and Administration have yet to learn that corporate-style executive pay is not a Vermont value.
Statement of Bargaining Principles
The Bargaining Team wrote a statement (member login required) explaining what is at stake in bargaining.
UA is looking for more people to develop our communications further. If interested please e-mail email@example.com.