Within the university, your union supports shared governance by ensuring that faculty working conditions are fair, safe and in compliance with the current collective bargaining agreement. The union’s governing body is composed of faculty, many of whom have served or are serving on faculty senates. The CBA, along with the faculty senates’ handbooks and the Board of Regents policies and procedures set forth the conditions and parameters of faculty positions, promotions, and evaluations – whether tenure or non-tenure.
Thus, in addition to being aware of the parameters of the most current CBA, faculty need also to be familiar with the components of their respective faculty senate’s policies and procedures, as well as with the policies and procedures as codified through the Board of Regents. The American Association of University Professors is another excellent resource for training, information and resources for faculty.
As elected members, the UNAC Executive Board and Representative Assembly members – and Faculty Senators – represent you. You are their constituent. They are supposed to bring your issues, concerns and ideas to their respective governing body for discussion and potential action.
Successful shared governance happens not through a few engaged faculty, but when all faculty are informed, active, and involved.
If you have not familiarized yourself with our CBA, your Faculty Senate handbook, and the BOR’s policies, below are quick links to the relevant pages. You should also get to know your senators and union representatives.
The other menu items in the ‘resources and information’ drop-down menu above offer a variety of useful resources for represented faculty.