15 December 2017

Save the Date: Economic Justice Town Hall

  • Save the Date: Economic Justice Town Hall
  • Wednesday, January 31
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm, 
  • Hillberry D, Student Center

The fall issue of AAUP-AFT Newsbriefs highlights not only the increases in administrator’s salaries but the growing number of administrative positions in recent years. Although many of us are not surprised, given the impact the salary increases have had both on our departments and ourselves, we have not had the opportunity to clearly define the full implications across the University.

Given this, AAUP-AFT is hosting a Town Hall where faculty, staff, and students can come together to share our stories, to better understand the meaning of the administrators’ rise in salaries, the impact it has had on all of us, and the next steps to address these consequences.

You should have received this in campus mail or you can download the fall issue here:

14 December 2017

#MeToo movement, local connection

At Columbia, Three Women, 

30 Years and a Pattern of Harassment

Jennifer Sheridan Moss, Associate Professor of the Classics and Latin, and member of AAUP-AFT Local 6075 - shares her story of harassment with the New York Times.

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, there was discussion about this moment in our collective history.  Contact your Council member and talk to them about this issue.

28 September 2017

There’s no doubt Michigan has education crisis

Detroit News published a letter from an AAUP-AFT Union member:

Richard Zeile, co-president of the State Board of Education of Michigan, said “no” in a Sept. 14 column, “Is there an education crisis in Michigan?” Unfortunately, what I have observed in my own research and that of many others is that Michigan’s academic stagnation — and decline in comparison to the rest of the nation — is a real and direct threat to our state and our children’s futures.
Sarah Lenhoff, Assistant Professor, WSU
Sarah Lenhoff, Assistant Professor, WSU
The column suggested that Michigan’s performance on the NAEP is just below average, citing that Michigan’s scores are “5 points or less from the mean.” But five points on a single NAEP assessment translates to about a half-year of learning. In 4th grade reading and math and 8th grade math, Michigan students performed significantly below the national public average in 2015, the most recent year of data. The three- to five-point difference between our students’ average scores and the nation’s means Michigan students have learned 30 to 50 percent less of a year’s worth of content than students on average nationally. And if you look at the states ranked highest on the NAEP, Michigan students were 10 or more points behind, translating to more than a year’s worth of learning that they will likely never make up. Detroit was the worst-performing large urban district in the country on all four assessments, scoring on average 10 or more points below the next lowest district on three of the four.
Perhaps more disconcerting is Michigan’s falling ranking compared to other states. We’re not keeping up, and our children are suffering the consequences.
The column also claims that “it is an illusion that government spending can replace the parent’s role in a child’s development.” There is no evidence that Michigan’s parents are less involved in their children’s development than parents in other states, and I have not heard a single argument that increased spending on public schools should replace a parent’s role. Yet, there is compelling, independent evidence that Michigan is not adequately funding its public schools.
Rather than blame parents for poor performance, schools should be encouraged and supported to better engage families in the educational process, including by significantly increasing resources for students with the greatest educational needs. Treating families as partners in the educational process — and collaborators in solving this crisis — isn’t just the right thing to do, it also works.
Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Wayne State University

14 September 2017

9/28/17 ASSC Annual Welcome & Recognition Luncheon

Please join the Academic Staff Steering Committee (ASSC) of the WSU Chapter of the AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, for a luncheon on Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:00-1:30 p.m., to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of Academic Staff who have been promoted and/or received Employment Security Status (ESS). This is a great opportunity for new Academic Staff to become acquainted with the ASSC, as well as learn about ESS and promotion from colleagues recently awarded ESS and/or a promotion.

Please RSVP by 9/26/17 by clicking here.