2016 End of Semester Celebration

AAUP Cordially Invites you to an End of Semester Cocktail Party

2016 Grievance Officer Election

Name and Banner ID is required to vote for all WCSU-AAUP members.

You will choose one candidate for the position of Grievance Officer.  The choices in this election are Jay Brower and George Kain.  See biographical statements below.

The link to the election is:  https://eBallot4.votenet.com/csu-AAUP

Biographical Statements

Jay Brower:

Jay Brower is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Media Arts. He has been a WCSU representative to the CSU-AAUP Council for three years, and is currently a member of the CSU-AAUP contract negotiation team. Additionally, he serves as WCSU’s representative to the CSCU Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents.

The grievance officer position serves an important function in the collective bargaining process as a monitor of management’s adherence to negotiated agreements, and filing grievances when they are violated. My ongoing involvement in CSU-AAUP and current work in the contract negotiating process drive my interest in contributing in this role towards the protection of our ability to serve students and maintain the integrity of our work.


George Kain:

George F. Kain, Ph.D. has been a full-time faculty member in the Division of Justice and Law Administration at WCSU for 22 years, and has served as the grievance officer for the WCSU Chapter of the AAUP for the last 6 years. During that time, he has attended a number of professional training conferences related to conducting grievance work, including 2 AAUP Summer Institutes and 4 Labor Law/Arbitration Institutes in Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA over the last 5 years.  In addition to his work as grievance officer, he currently serves as Police Commissioner for the Town of Ridgefield, CT, a position he has held for 16 years.  He therefore has the extensive knowledge to  understand and analyze grievance-related issues from both the union and management positions.  This knowledge in invaluable in the art of negotiation and settlement, which is always the preferable solution in any labor dispute. He has aggressively represented WCSU AAUP members concern’s in many different areas of labor disputes, and has never lost an arbitration case that he was directly involved in. He has been actively involved in university governance committees, and is past chairman of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee. He recently served as the Co-chairman of the Presidential Search, University Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Search Committee for the Dean of the Ancell School of Business.



Friedrichs and the Supreme Court

Dear AAUP Member:

As you probably have heard, the death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia this weekend will have repercussions for a number of cases currently before the court. Among them is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case in which the plaintiffs seek to have the collection by public-sector unions of fair-share fees, or agency fees, ruled unconstitutional. (More background on the case.)

While no one knows for sure what will happen, Scalia’s death strengthens the likelihood that the forty years of precedent finding agency fees constitutional will not be overturned in this case. This would be a positive development for unions and American workers in general. The AAUP legal office will continue to monitor the situation closely and update you as developments occur. AAUP general counsel Risa Lieberwitz offered her analysis in a blog post today on Academe Blog, “The Future of Friedrichs in the Supreme Court.”

What we do know is that whatever happens with the Friedrichs case, we must continue to build strong unions with high membership. We know that other attacks on unions are likely, both in the courts and in state legislatures. Wherever the threat comes from, our best preparation has always been an organized, mobilized membership.

Regards, Aaron Nisenson AAUP Senior Counsel anisenson@aaup.org


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