Faculty Union and UVM Administration Move to Fact-Finding After Mediation Fails, November 1, 2017
Vermont Candidates for Lieutenant Governor Forum, Saturday, April 22, 2016. Click on link to view the video
Media Alert for UVM Board of Trustees Meeting (October 17-18, 2014)
UA Statement on Impasse in Full-Time Contract Negotiations (Aug. 29, 2014)
UA Supports CCTA Drivers and Strike Action (Mar. 14, 2014)
UA Announces Contract Campaign Kickoff Rally (Jan. 23, 2014)
"SODEXORCISM" at UVM Davis Center 11/21 (Nov. 19, 2013)
UA Past Pres. David Shiman read a statement of support for custodians at Saint Michael's College (Sep. 18, 2013)
UA Pres. David Shiman Addressed the Board of Trustees, February 9, 2013 on the recent report of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education subject and the UVM-State of Vermont Relationship.
UA Supports University Staff Union-NEA (Oct. 29, 2012): UA pledges its support to USU-NEA and urges all eligible staff to support University Staff Union-NEA in the upcoming election on November 13th and 14th.
UVM Part-Time Faculty Negotiations Reach Impasse (Sep. 26, 2012): This marks the start of the public stage of our campaign for job security, fair benefits, and just compensation for part-time faculty. Show your support for a fair contract by signing the Online Petition.
Five UVM students awarded scholarship by United Academics (May 9, 2012): Five undergraduates have been awarded UA scholarships for demonstrating their dedication to social and economic justice.
Part-Time Contract Negotiations Kickoff Press Conference March 9, 2012: With negotiations over wages, benefits and job security for part-timefaculty scheduled to open on March 20, part-time faculty, full-time faculty, and students will speak outabout the critical role of part-time faculty at UVM.
University of Vermont faculty union approves new three-year contract (Dec. 5, 2011): Late today, UA's full-time faculty union overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract with the University of Vermont, returning a clear vote of confidence and appreciation for the union and its negotiating team.
Results of contract ratification vote by UVM full-time faculty to be announced this afternoon (Dec. 5, 2011): Full-time faculty members of United Academics are voting today on ratification of a new three-year contract with the University of Vermont. United Academics will send an announcement to media outlets shortly after the votes are tallied.
Executive council of UVM faculty union lends support to the Occupy Wall Street movement (Nov. 3, 2011): The Executive Council of United Academics voted unanimously on November 2 to issue a statement in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Five UVM students awarded scholarship by United Academics (Oct. 26, 2011): Five undergraduate students have been awarded a scholarship by UA for demonstrating their dedication to social and economic justice. Each year the union provides $500 to be used for books and supplies by students who exemplify not only academic excellence but also an active commitment to achieving justice.
UVM faculty to invite parents, alums to play UVM's Wheel of Misfortune (Oct. 13, 2011): UVM faculty on Friday, Oct. 14, will invite visitors arriving for the weekend's homecoming festivities to spin a giant Wheel of Misfortune and get an education in the high cost of lavish perks for university executives. Faculty will set up the prize wheel and talk with visitors about alternatives to the university's misplaced priorities on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Davis Center. (In case of rain, the event will move to the covered area in front of Bailey Howe Library.)
UVM faculty say "We won't turn our backs on the next generation" (Oct. 10, 2011): At Tuesday's scheduled mediation session between the administration and United Academics, faculty plan to "welcome" administrators with the message "We won't turn our backs on the next generation."
Contract Negotiations at UVM Reach Impasse (Sep. 21, 2011):Citing irreconcilable differences on retiree health care benefits, UA will announce on Thurs., Sep. 22 that its contract negotiations with UVM administration have reached impasse.
UVM faculty union responds to compensation package offered to President Fogel (July 27, 2011):UA expresses dismay and disappointment to the Board of Trustees about the compensation package provided to President Fogel.
UVM faculty union to host author of "Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University" (Apr. 12, 2011):UA will participate in the national week to Take Class Action to Save Public Higher Education by hosting a talk by University of Connecticut sociologist Gaye Tuchman, author of "Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University" on April 14. In her book, Dr. Tuchman tells the story of a state university obsessed with chasing status at the expense of students' educations. Her study uncovers the troubling trends at public universities--including the University of Vermont--as a key step toward determining what can be done to save public higher education for all.
UVM faculty union responds to the administration's budget update (Mar. 23, 2011). The UA Executive Council sent a memo to the University community, in response to the Administration's recent budget update, seeking to (1) remind the community that the budget shortfall UVM faces is largely of our own administrators' doing, and (2) outline an approach to closing the budget gap that protects the University's core academic mission already jeopardized by the 2009-2010 budget reductions.
UVM faculty call for improving academic quality by investing in faculty positions (Feb. 6, 2011):With a decline in the number of instructional faculty and an increase in large classes, students at the University of Vermont are being shortchanged. That's the concern University of Vermont faculty will address at a February 9 news conference, where they will call on the administration to fund the faculty positions needed for a quality undergraduate experience. This event, sponsored by United Academics (UA), which represents most UVM faculty, begins at 12:00 p.m. in the Davis Center's Silver Maple Ballroom.
Four UVM students awarded scholarship by United Academics (Nov. 1, 2010): Four students at UVM--including one from Shelburne, VT--have been awarded a scholarship by UA for demonstrating their dedication to social, economic, and environmental justice. Each year the faculty union provides $500 to be used for books and supplies by students who exemplify not only academic excellence but also an active commitment to achieving justice. The scholarship is named in honor of Jeffrey Brace, a Black American who lived and farmed in Vermont from the late 1700s until his death in 1827.
UVM faculty union survey reveals how growing enrollments affect academic quality: Forum on October 7 to discuss "worrisome" trends (Oct. 4, 2010): Of 168 faculty who responded to a UA survey, nearly half reported giving fewer or shorter writing assignments, and more than a third reported changing their exams and reduced class interaction and discussions because of increasing enrollments.
UA Executive Council passes resolution against racial-profiling law (May 18, 2010): The Executive Council of UA voted unanimously on May 17 to pass a resolution against Arizona's recent immigration law. The resolution not only condemns the law but also calls upon UA's affiliates not to hold meetings in Arizona.
UVM faculty discrimination grievance goes to Vermont Labor Relations Board (Mar. 9, 2010): United Academics has filed a contract grievance against the University with the Vermont Labor Relations Board. The first day of hearing is scheduled for March 11 at the Labor Board office in Montpelier starting at 9 a.m. The union is charging that the University has discriminated against five female assistant clinical professors of nursing with respect to their salaries.
UA to hold forum on single-payer health care in Vermont (Mar. 1, 2010): United Academics is bringing together key healthcare policy advocates for a forum on the campaign to win single-payer or "Medicare for All" in Vermont. The forum--"Single-Payer Health Care in Vermont: What would it mean? How do we get there?"--will be held Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. in Memorial Lounge.
UA Files Grievance Against University (Oct. 21, 2009):
United Academics has filed a contract grievance against the University with the Vermont Labor Relations Board. The union is charging that the University has discriminated against five clinical professors with respect to their salaries.
Brace Award Winners for 2009-2010 Announced (Sept. 28, 2009):
Four UVM students--including sisters from Underhill, VT--have been awarded a scholarship by United Academics. Each year the faculty union provides $500 certificates to be used for books and supplies by students who exemplify not only academic excellence but also an active commitment to achieving social justice. The scholarship is named in honor of an early 19th-century Black Vermonter, Jeffrey Brace.
Part-time Faculty Ratify Tentative Agreement on New Contract (Aug. 18, 2009):
On August 17, United Academics' part-time faculty unanimously ratified the tentative agreement on a new three-year contract that the union had reached with the University of Vermont on July 2.
UA Reaches Tentative Agreement on New Contract (July 6, 2009):
United Academics (AAUP/AFT), the union representing 160 part-time faculty at the University of Vermont, reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the University on July 2nd. Negotiations, which began in January of this year, were particularly challenging given these difficult economic times.
Declaration of Impasse for Part-Time Faculty Contract (May 29, 2009) After five months of negotiations, the University administration and United Academics have failed to reach agreement on a second, part-time faculty contract. The parties mutually agreed to declare impasse yesterday and expect to begin mediation in June. Approximately 160 faculty members belong to the part-time unit of United Academics.
UA and Students Stand Up! Joint Press Conference (May 12, 2009) United Academics and Students Stand Up! held a Joint Press Conference expressing our serious concerns over the administration's budget cutting measures, and stressing that the budget doesn't need to be balanced on the backs of students, staff, and faculty.
UA and Partners Hold Budget Protest (April 6, 2009) UA joined with Students Stand Up!, United Electrical Workers Local 267, and United Staff to throw a "Let Them Eat Gruel" Budget-Cut Protest Oatmeal Breakfast. Event Announcement, Flyer, or Press Release.