The Chapter was organize as a bargaining unit and the first contract negotiations began in the mid-1970s. Unable to reach an agreement after twelve months of negotiating, a second team was organized and, after an additional five months at the table, was able to recommend an agreement. The first contract was ratified in 1976.
 
Constitution and By-Laws
The Western Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors' constitution and by-laws were revised and approved in April 2000. A hard copy booklet was distributed to members in January 2001, and an electronic version is available for viewing on the Chapter website.
 
Leadership and Representation
The WMU-AAUP is led by an Executive Committee consisting of Chapter officers and representatives from individual colleges, the Academic Support Unit and the Association of Language Specialists. The Executive Committee meets weekly and acts on behalf of the Chapter and the Association Council in day-to-day activities.The Association Council, consisting of one representative from each unit, as recognized by the Chapter, meets on a monthly basis with representatives acting on behalf of the Chapter and reporting back to respective members in the intervals between Chapter Meetings.
 
Assistance
Feel free to contact Chapter officers, executive committee members and association council representatives with any questions or concerns. Additionally, the staff is available at the Chapter office Monday through Friday to answer questions.
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