Representative Assembly – Motions and Resolutions

Passed on November 12, 2022:

Motion for ratification vote on TA’d CBA (16 yea; 1 nay) :

“The Representative Assembly agrees to move the TA’d Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to members in good standing for a ratification vote.

Motion extending support for a faculty regent on the UA BOR (unanimous approval):

In the interest of improving communication, University governance, and accountability, United Academics supports establishing a faculty regent position on the University of Alaska Board of Regents.”

Passed on April 2, 2022:

Motion to eliminate the UA Wellness Program (14 yea; 3 nay):

“United Academics supports the elimination of the UA wellness program in its current form, where there is a monetary incentive for participation in the program.”

Passed on February 19, 2022

Motion in support of House Bill 21 to add a faculty regent to the BOR (unanimous approval):

“In the interest of improving communication, University governance, and accountability, United Academics supports establishing a faculty regent position on the University of Alaska Board of Regents as specified in Alaska House Bill 21.”

Motion in support of House Bill 220 – Retirement Systems, Defined Benefit Option (unanimous approval):

United Academics AAUP/AFT Local 4996, the union for full-time faculty in the University of  Alaska system, strongly supports the passage of HB220: 

Public employees in the State of Alaska, including University of Alaska employees, are currently  not eligible for social security benefits. Furthermore, due to the Windfall Elimination Provision,  any social security benefits that public employees may have accrued during previous private sector employment are significantly reduced. The University of Alaska has a pension plan in  which the wage base is capped at $42,000, less than a third of the corresponding social security  wage base cap of $147,000. 

UA’s cap is well below the salary of most University of Alaska faculty members and does not  provide adequate retirement benefits. This means that our University and other public  employees are vulnerable to insufficient retirement funding. As currently constituted, the  University of Alaska retirement plan is uncompetitive and creates a huge obstacle to successful  recruitment and retention of faculty. 

As a first step toward addressing these problems, United Academics AAUP/AFT Local 4996, the  union for full-time faculty in the University of Alaska system, strongly supports the passage of  HB220.” 

Passed/Endorsed on October 30, 2021:

Higher Education Labor Summit Vision Platform (endorsed)

Passed on August 28, 2021:

Motion for vaccine mandate (18 Yea, 1 Nay, 1 Abstain): 

United Academics calls on the UA administration to require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or have a valid exemption, before being physically present inside university buildings.” 

Motion to follow CDC Covid-19 Guidelines For Institutions of Higher Education (20 Yea, 0 Nay, 0 Abstain):

United Academics calls on the UA administration to adhere to all CDC guidance pertaining to COVID-19 for Institutions of Higher Education.