Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PSU hygienist claims dentist harassed her, commented on patients' breast size, $1.3 million suit says

August 19th, 2014

A dental hygienist who claims she was fired from the Portland State University Dental Clinic as retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment filed a $1.3 million lawsuit on Friday.
Valarie Austin claims she had a spotless record for four years, before she started complaining in 2012 that dentist Tuan Truong was making sexual remarks and gestures toward her and had commented to co-workers about the size of female patients’ breasts.
Austin and Truong had dated for about six months in 2011, and Truong continued to pursue Austin after she broke up with him, according to the suit.
A June 2012 investigation by PSU’s Office of Equity & Compliance found that Truong had violated PSU’s consensual relationship policy and engaged in “unprofessional behavior,” but that Truong hadn’t harassed Austin, according to Austin’s lawsuit. Truong was verbally reprimanded, according to the suit.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 AAUP Bulletin

August 2014

The AAUP's annual Bulletin collects in one place the reports, policy statements, and official AAUP business materials of an academic year—in this case, 2013–14. Most of these documents have already been published on the AAUP website or in Academe, and the parenthetical dates after their titles refer to date of original publication.
The Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors is published annually as the July–August issue of Academe. This table of contents links to pdfs of that print version. These pdfs will stand as the historical record for 2013–14 and will not be changed.
However, some of the reports here (for example, "Committees of the Association") are updated frequently. If you are looking for the most recent version of a report or statement, please search the main AAUP website.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Portland State University profs No. 7 least accessible in nation, survey says

The Oregonian
August 5th, 2014

Portland State University professors are the No. 7 least accessible in the nation, according to an unscientific survey of 130,000 college students released Monday.
Princeton Review, which publishes college guides, asked students to complete a highly detailed survey covering all aspects of their collegiate experience that included a single question about how accessible students find professors to be out of class.
According to Review officials, Portland State students tended to disagree, sometimes strongly, that professors were available to help them. Only six schools, including Howard University and the University of Hawaii, ranked worse in the eyes of their students, the Review said.
Portland State has seen its enrollment swell by thousands in recent years, but faculty hiring has not kept pace, as state funding stagnated. Like many universities, it relies more heavily than it used to on lower-paid and part-time non-tenure-track instructors. Professors nearly went on strike this spring over low salaries, job security for some non-tenure-track instructors and a  faculty union powers.

Monday, August 4, 2014

How to ‘Act Like a Union’ on a Labor-Management Committee

Labor Notes
August 1st, 2014

Labor-management committees can be a critical part of the union’s strategy for representing the members. They can be an additional arena for union activity and a mechanism for representing members’ interests as new issues arise. They can help officers keep in touch with members around critical issues.
On the downside, L-M committees can also be a way for management to appear to listen without actually doing anything and to tie up issues in endless “investigation and discussion.”
The key to using L-M committees is a “continuous bargaining” approach. The union should approach every meeting of the committee with the same mindset and habits that it would bring to contract bargaining, never forgetting that management’s goals and the union’s are distinct.
Committee members should act as a group rather than as individuals, and keep the members’ needs—not supposed mutual needs—in mind at all times.