NO. R-91.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the United Academics - AAUP/AFT and the University of Vermont on successfully negotiating the first collectively bargained contract on behalf of the university’s faculty.

(H.C.R.58)

Offered by:  Representatives Zuckerman of Burlington, Anderson of Woodstock, Atkins of Winooski, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Connell of Warren, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Hingtgen of Burlington, Johnson of South Hero, Kiss of Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McLaughlin of Royalton, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rusten of Halifax, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington and Trombley of Grand Isle.

Offered by:  Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County and Senator Munt of Chittenden County.

Whereas, United Academics - AAUP/AFT, the faculty union at the University of Vermont, won its union election in April 2001, and

Whereas, United Academics - AAUP/AFT has represented over 600 full‑time faculty members since the April 2001 election, and

Whereas, the principles of United Academics - AAUP/AFT include:

1)  Protection of academic quality and an effective faculty voice in program assessment and change,

2)  Higher salaries, improved benefits, improved job security for nontenure track faculty, and control over bargaining unit size and composition, and

3)  Greater faculty voice within the university’s governance structures and defense of faculty rights, and

Whereas, the University of Vermont faculty has been consistently ranked at the lower end of the salary scale when compared to comparable institutions, and

Whereas, recruitment and retention of quality faculty are central to providing an outstanding education at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, the United Academics - AAUP/AFT bargaining team and the University of Vermont administration bargaining team worked over 12 months  negotiating the first‑ever collective bargaining agreement for the University’s faculty, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates United Academics - AAUP/AFT and the University of Vermont’s administration for reaching a contract settlement that significantly improves salaries, increases job security for hundreds of faculty members, and provides the framework for faculty involvement in the decision‑making process at the University of Vermont for the long term, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to United Academics - AAUP/AFT in Burlington and to University of Vermont President Daniel Fogel.