The Rutgers Council maintains dual affiliation with two major national organizations that advocate for academic freedom and fairness on the job in academia: the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (AFT).
Founded in 1915, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is the only national professional organization dedicated exclusively to protecting and promoting academic freedom, tenure and faculty governance in higher education. The AAUP began to advocate for the recognition of collective bargaining agents for higher education faculties in 1972.
Founded in 1916, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) led the way to union organizing in education, beginning with public school teachers. When unionization began to grow in higher education in the 1960s, the AFT formed the United Federation of College Teachers with more than 70 higher education locals in 1966.
Members of Rutgers AAUP voted to begin a joint affiliation with AFT in 2005, while maintaining our original affiliation with the American Association of University Professors. The AAUP's strong defense of academic freedom has been joined with AFT's excellent track record of negotiating and legislative successes.
We are also affiliated with these state-level divisions of our national affiliates:
Poster session about the achievements of the national American Association of University Professors displayed at the 2015 Summer Institute
AAUP Summer Institute
The Summer Institute, cosponsored by the national AAUP and the national AAUP-Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC), is the annual training program for faculty advocates, and one of the best sources available for learning the practical skills that faculty unionists need to build their organizations and run them successfully. Every year, faculty members from around the country attend this four-day series of intensive workshops to learn about AAUP policies, discuss the issues facing the academy, sharpen their skills as union leaders, and develop strategies for organizing.