1/29/2012: Many people are wondering if a faculty union would strengthen or weaken existing faculty governance. For example, could the union write the new UO Constitution into a contract and then have legal recourse if our administration walked all over it? What about the Policy on Policies? One of the union organizers forwards some info that might help people make up their minds on this:
I found two contracts that illustrate how a union contract can reinforce faculty governance. The first is in the current University of Delaware contract that can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aaup/cba.html, article XVII. Our situation is a little different because we have a constitution that could be specifically endorsed. The Portland State contract has a better example of wording since they are also governed by OARs and have a constitution. They have just signed a tentative agreement on a new contract and it still needs to come to a vote of the members, so the contract through 2011 is current and can be found at http://www.psuaaup.net/resources.html.
The second link has a lot of info on the PSU AAUP union. I haven’t read the contracts, comments on the substance welcome.