To the Temple community:
Temple University and the Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP), the union that represents some faculty, librarians and staff, will begin a new round of negotiations during the week of Aug. 12. We wanted to let you know our position as we begin these discussions.
The university’s goal in these negotiations is clear: We want to reach a fair agreement that continues to provide TAUP-covered faculty, librarians and staff with competitive salaries and benefits, while providing our students with the best teachers for each class and an affordable, quality education. When negotiating with union representatives on behalf of faculty and staff, we always have our students’ best interests at the front of our minds.
The discussions come at a critical time in higher education, as shifts in student populations and support from the state continue to put a strain on the university’s budget. In addition, this is the first time ever that Temple and TAUP’s negotiations include incorporating the concerns of full-time and adjunct faculty into one agreement.
The contract between the university and the union expires in mid-October. As with all negotiations, the university’s intention is to reach a fair agreement that continues to provide TAUP-covered faculty, librarians and staff with competitive salaries and benefits, while keeping the needs of our students front and center.
We will keep you updated on the negotiations as they move forward.
As always, thank you for all that you do for Temple University’s students.
Richard M. Englert
JoAnne A. Epps
Executive Vice President and Provost