Wmu Aaup Agreement
Thank you very much for your time. The WMU-AAUP is a faculty voice that is not always easy to hear. I understand that it seems that we are identifying the problems consistently, but it is our duty to protect the contractual agreement signed between the BOT, the administration and our board-appointed faculty. It thus creates a safe place where we can challenge each other and ultimately have a stronger institution. The amended employment contract, which is now in effect until September 2021, comes due to “significant tax challenges induced by COVID-19 due to the economic impact of the pandemic on higher education and other sectors of society,” the press release states. For the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, university officials are forecasting a budget deficit of $45 million to $85 million for the WMU. The challenge for the WMU-AAUP is to encourage the administration to recognize the precarious situation of these people. We are convinced that the BoT and WMU administration believe in common governance and academic freedom. The provision of the mandate route, which is assured in the 2017-2020 agreement, will enable these people to participate fully in our university, contribute and better organize it. The union is asking the administration to work with the faculty to address the reality that it is time to give our advisors the support they need to provide full support to our students. Mark said it well when he said, “We have to take care of the people who take care of our students.” 814 Oakland Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49008 Campus Mail Stop 5401 The Board of Directors approved the one-year extension of the contract between the university and the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors at a special board meeting that was broadcast live online on Tuesday, May 26. With the development of Think Big, there was a “new goal for higher education in society,” and that is well-being.
The speakers in the fall town halls provided a lot of infographics, and one of them I noticed was the transmission of mental health as a basis. The site wmich.edu/thinkbig says: “Wellness connects to a strong spirit and becomes the center of our goal.” Carol Weideman, president of the AAUP, said in a statement to MLive that the faculty was “really pleased” with a contract extension in “considerable uncertainty” related to coronavirus. This was not an unknown topic with President Montgomery, which allowed us to freely express the reasons why we introduced the theme of faculty orientation and security into our meeting. President Montgomery understands the mental health issues we face and Mark and I found the discussion lively and cordial. A few days before our meeting, the Kalamazoo Gazette presented an article entitled “The Use of Orientation Students is On the Rise,” subtitled “More children at the university are turning to schools for help for their mental health, and schools are struggling to meet demand.” (December 1, 2019.) This article describes the gap between the needs and resources available at many university sites. The WMU is not alone in trying to find ways to counter the number of students in need of psychiatric treatment, and we understand that the administration is working on this challenge.