UC-Davis Lecturers Win in Court
More than three years after filing an unfair practice charge against UC Davis, former UC Davis lecturers are seeing progress in their fight against the university’s plan to “re-balance” the number of research faculty and lecturers on campus.
An administrative law judge with the state’s Public Employment Relations Board issued a proposed decision in their favor, finding that the university interfered with the lecturers’ right to be represented by the University Council-American Federation of Teachers.
UC-AFT filed the unfair practice charge against the university in April 2001, but no action was taken until UC-AFT amended the charge the following year. The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) then issued a complaint alleging that the university violated the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act because the lecturers were not given proper notice and the opportunity for the UC-AFT to represent them.
PERB alleged that by deciding unilaterally to discontinue the practice of making new post-six-year appointments of lecturers in November 2000, the university changed its criteria for reviewing and appointing lecturers without giving lecturers the opportunity to negotiate-a violation of the union agreement. The university answered the complaint in 2002, denying the allegations.
Post-six-year appointments give lecturers an opportunity to sign a contract
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