The Oakland Post

Oakland University Associate Professor of
Mechanical Engineering Michael Latcha.

Letter to the editor: A Personal Take on the Changing Landscape of OU Contract Negotiations

Michael Latcha, Contributor April 14, 2022

I have been fortunate to have served as a member of the AAUP bargaining teams in 1994, 1997, 2000, and then as chief negotiator for the AAUP in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015. During this time, I’ve witnessed...

Danielle Aubert speaks during the panel discussion at the Labor United event.

OU AAUP, OUSC co-sponsor Labor United panel event

Sarah Gudenau, Features Editor March 23, 2022

The faculty union, Oakland University’s Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (OU AAUP) and OU Student Congress (OUSC) held their first collaborative event, Labor United, on Wednesday,...

Oakland University and OU AAUP faculty have both filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against each other in recent weeks.

University, OU AAUP file Unfair Labor Practice charges against each other

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief March 7, 2022

Oakland University and the faculty union Oakland University’s Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (OU AAUP) have both filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against each other...

OUs Board of Trustees alongside President Pescovitz and Chief of Staff Josh Merchant at last Mondays BOT meeting. The BOTs announcement of the creation of the Faculty Board Liaison Task Force could facilitate better communication between OU AAUP faculty and the upper administration.

BOT announces creation of ‘Faculty Board Liaison Task Force’

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief February 11, 2022

In a letter sent to the University Senate this morning, Chair of OU’s Board of Trustees (BOT) Robert Schostak announced the creation of the Faculty Board Liaison Task Force (FBLTF) as a way to “facilitate...

A view of OU AAUP supporters picketing during the job action that disrupted the start of the fall semester. Last summers heated contract negotiations continue to have an impact on the university, as the faculty union now accuses the university of bad-faith bargaining.

Campus workforce responds to AAUP allegations of university bad-faith bargaining

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief February 7, 2022

In January, Oakland University’s Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (OU AAUP) leadership released a letter they’d sent to President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and the Board of Trustees...

Oakland University Professor of English Jeffrey Insko.

Letter to the editor: Does the BOT practice what it preaches?

Jeffrey Insko, Contributor January 28, 2022

Like many of my colleagues, I was deeply disappointed this week by the Oakland Board of Trustees’ dismissal of the AAUP’s request to appoint a faculty liaison to the Board. That decision constitutes...

BOT Chair Robert Schostak at a BOT meeting last year. Schostaks letter to OU AAUP leadership denied their request for adding faculty liaisons to the BOT.

Board of Trustees denies AAUP request for faculty liaisons

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2022

In a letter sent to Oakland University’s Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (OU AAUP) President Karen Miller from OU Board of Trustees (BOT) Chair Robert Schostak earlier this...

The universitys bargaining team has responded to AAUP accusations of bad-faith bargaining during 2021s contract negotiations.

University responds to OU AAUP accusations of bad-faith bargaining

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief January 18, 2022

The university’s bargaining team has responded to last week’s accusations of bad-faith bargaining during 2021’s faculty contract negotiations, in which faculty provided evidence that they say proves...

A view of OU AAUP supporters picketing during the job action that disrupted the start of the fall semester. Last summers heated contract negotiations continue to have an impact on the university, as the faculty union now accuses the university of bad-faith bargaining.

OU AAUP accuse university of bad-faith bargaining, demand response from administration

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief January 14, 2022

In the latest development of the continued fallout from 2021’s faculty contract negotiations, leadership from Oakland University’s Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (OU AAUP)...

The winter semester is set to begin with all online instruction for the majority of OU students.

Updates from campus community on online start to winter semester

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief January 3, 2022

In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz announced on Dec. 21 that the first two weeks (Jan. 5 to Jan. 18) of the winter semester will be taught remotely with the...

The header of the official proposal from OU AAUP to add two faculty liaisons to OUs Board of Trustees.

OU AAUP formally request two faculty liaison be added to Board of Trustees

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief December 10, 2021

Ahead of Monday’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, Oakland University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (OU AAUP) has sent a proposal to the administration formally requesting...

Doses of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that the university made available last spring. Heading into the winter semester there is uncertainty about the vaccine mandate.

Vaccine mandate update: Winter semester deadline, surging cases, faculty concerns

Jeff Thomas, Editor-in-Chief December 6, 2021

Last weekend via social media, the university announced a deadline of Dec. 13 for uploading vaccine information ahead of the winter semester. At this point it is unclear to students and faculty what the...

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