Sep 21, 2016

14 Cities With the Strongest Unions

"The once formidable power of labor unions has declined considerably in the United States. More than 20% of U.S. workers belonged to a union in 1983. Today, just over one in 10 U.S. workers are union members. While unions are virtually non-existent in some parts of the country, like Charleston, South Carolina, a number of urban areas remain union strongholds."


Sep 15, 2016

Academic Forum: Vision for the Year

Dear Colleague, 

Please join us on Thursday, September 22nd from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in Room E/F of the Student Center for the first Academic Forum of the 2016-2017 academic year.

This Academic Forum will provide an opportunity to hear from our University’s leadership about the current state of Wayne State University, where they see it in the future, and the challenges they face in their efforts. There will also be an opportunity for questions. Join us for a timely and important discussion as we start the new academic year.

Hope to see you there,
Michelle Fecteau, Executive Director
AAUP-AFT Local 6075, Wayne State University Chapter
5057 Woodward Ave., Suite 3301
Detroit, MI  48202

Aug 25, 2016

WSU Gender Equity Work Group

The WSU Gender Equity Work Group was established in February 2016. The group was formed as a joint affiliation of the WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), the WSU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) and the American Association of University Professors-AFT Local 6075 (AAUP-AFT). Membership now comprises individuals from numerous departments, schools, and colleges across campus.  The Work Group’s initial mission was to continue research, initiated by the COSW in 2014, that examined pay equity at Wayne State.  That mission has grown to include current projects and research focused on lactation rooms, childcare, and parental leave.  

We welcome all employees, students and alumni who are interested in gender equity at Wayne State to join us in our mission.

Aug 23, 2016

Senator suggests colleges swap teachers for videos

He called higher education a “cartel” and suggested colleges could cut the number of instructors and increase use of online videos like Ken Burns’ 11½-hour documentary on the Civil War.

“Why do you have to keep paying different lecturers to teach the same course? You get one solid lecturer and put it up online,” Johnson said. “If you want to teach the Civil War across the country, are you better off having, I don’t know, tens of thousands of history teachers, who, you know, kind of know the subject? Or would you be better off popping in 14 hours of Ken Burns’ Civil War tape and having those teachers proctor based on that excellent video production already done? You keep duplicating that over all these different subject areas.”

via PBS

Aug 11, 2016

Take Action Against Pay Discrimination

Time is running out! 

Only have a few more days to flood the Obama Administration with messages in support of equal pay.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a proposal that would require all private employers with more than 100 employees to report pay data by race and gender. This would be a huge game changer for women. The EEOC would use this data to spot situations where workers appear to be paid less because of their gender or race and launch an investigation. 
Equal pay won’t happen without strong enforcement of equal pay laws, and this new reporting requirement will put some real muscle behind that enforcement. 
Women can’t afford to be shortchanged any longer.

Tell the Obama Administration and the Office of Management and Budget that you 
support its efforts to increase pay transparency.