Organization of Part-Time Faculty
In 2012, the Cooper Union Organization of Part-Time Faculty (CUOP) and the Cooper Union administration agreed on an initial contract. In 2015, CUOP and Cooper Union negotiated a second contract, which was in effect through 2017. This was extended with modifications until August 31, 2020 via a Memorandum of Agreement.
Highlights of the 2015 contract include:
- Raises for part-timers
- An increased health care fund ($15,000) for adjuncts
- A professional development fund for adjuncts
- A requirement that 15% of adjunct faculty school-wide have multi-year contracts
- A tier system that ensures that adjuncts' service years are credited and rewarded
- Timely notice of appointment and reappointment
CUOP represents and negotiates on behalf of a bargaining unit consisting of all adjunct, visiting, and proportional faculty members. Dues or agency fees are automatically deducted from bargaining unit members’ salaries: part-timers who prefer not to join CUOP have agency fees deducted from their salaries. But a union is as strong as its members, and we strongly urge you to fill out your membership forms and authorize dues payments, not agency fees.
Union membership entitles you to vote in elections, hold union office, have a voice in meetings and negotiations, and participate in NYSUT’s benefits programs. You should receive a union membership form (which includes dues authorization) when you receive your hire/re-hire letter from Human Resources. You can also download the form. Be sure to fill out BOTH parts of the form.
We are always looking for member involvement in all faculties. For more information about CUOP and/or to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CUOP, CUFCT, and U@CU are all local affiliates of New York State United Teachers.