Higher Education Faculty & Support Staff

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on college and university faculty and support staff and members of higher education local unions will be linked here. *
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on quarantine and illness policies (Aug. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our national union's survey on reopening safely (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here to report COVID-19 pandemic issues of concern/hardships impacting you (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for higher education faculty and staff (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal disease control agency website's higher education COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 19, 2020).
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Faculty and support staff at several public and private higher education institutions across Connecticut are members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions. These educators hold avariety of positions in their institutions, ranging from full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty to research, clerical, administrative, security staff and more. Though each may have unique concerns and needs, they share goals of promoting academic and institutional excellence and securing the rights and respect they deserve as higher education professionals.
 
Click here to learn more about the "Higher Ed, Not Debt" campaign.
 
Click here for our national union's campaign to unite contingent faculty, graduate and undergraduate workers.
 
* updates for members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) will be linked to our main 'Public Employees' page.
 

 

Rate rise will put higher education out of reach for many

Millions of American students and their families face sharply higher college costs today as the limit on student loan interest expired in the absence of congressional action and the rate doubled to 6.8 percent for all new subsidized federal loans.

AFT praises decision on race and diversity in admissions

The Supreme Court's June 24 ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin preserves past precedent that universities may consider race and ethnic diversity as one of many factors for admission.

New report blasts working conditions of adjunct faculty

The working conditions of U.S. adjunct and contingent faculty—and, by association, the learning conditions of American college students—came under fire in a report issued Aug. 23 by the Center for the Future of Higher Education.

Senate deal averts student loan rate hike

Just days before the interest rate on new federally subsidized student loans was set to double, the Senate came to a bipartisan agreement that freezes the rate at 3.4 percent for another year, and Congress passed it June 29 as an amendment to a transportation bill.

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