ONE OF THE REASONS THAT OUR FACULTY is able to enjoy the wage, workplace, and grievance protection benefits that we do is because we can collectively bargain these matters with the District.
We can do this because all our faculty are members of a campus-wide bargaining unit represented by UPM, and we receive dues from unit members enabling us, with the help of our attorneys, to pursue robust bargaining and contract protections.
The recent Supreme Court ruling, known as Janus v. AFSCME, has overturned the long-standing precedent that enabled public sector unions to charge representation fees to non-union members. In response to the Janus ruling, our UPM Executive Council is in the process of reviewing your membership application forms and updating the data. If the membership application form that we have on file for you is incomplete or missing, your UPM membership could be declared invalid, and our union would not receive your union dues. To prevent this, our Executive Council is reviewing all faculty membership applications, and if we see omissions or anomalies we will be contacting you to ask for your help in clarifying and updating your data.
It is important for us, and for you, that your membership records be accurate and complete so that you may retain full membership in UPM, and we may continue to receive your support through your monthly payroll dues deduction. A UPM representative will be contacting you in the near future to confirm your membership. You may also complete an online membership application on the AFT website (UPM/AFT Online Appplication).
Please keep our union strong by helping us update your UPM membership.