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American Association of University Professors (AAUP)-OSU Chapter Records, 1928-1997

Historical Note:

Since its establishment in 1927, the OSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has addressed issues concerning faculty academic freedom and welfare including loyalty oaths, Oregon's re-organization of higher education in the 1920s and 1930s, state budget cutbacks, tenure review standards, and faculty benefits and salaries. From 1975 to 1983, the chapter actively campaigned to bring collective bargaining rights to OSU academic faculty. The chapter's involvement included participation in public hearings on the development of a faculty bargaining unit in 1975 and petition campaigns for an election on faculty unionization. Despite the chapter's success in helping to bring the union question to a vote in 1977 and 1983, both of the measures failed and as of this writing, OSU academic faculty are still not unionized.


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