Spring Membership Drive Wrap Up

Good day Colleague –

For several weeks we have shared with you examples of what we do because you are not currently a member of the Texas Association of College Teachers.  We have touched on the importance that we all carry Educators Professional Liability Insurance (included with membership).  We have described how our opinions are solicited from state agencies, such as Teachers Retirement System of Texas on the development of their new strategic plan and the Higher Ed Coordinating Board on the successor to Closing the Gaps.

We have talked about our semi-annual legislative offices visits (you’re invited!) and participation at interim legislative hearings, advocating for such issues as higher faculty salaries, tuition revenue bonds, guns on campus (campus carry and now open carry), reinstating previous levels of TEXAS Grant scholarships, and so much more. 

2013 Average Faculty Salary Comparison

The AAUP (American Association of University Professors) has released the Fiscal Year 2013 data for the Average Faculty Salary Comparison – Texas Public Universities and Ten Most Populous States report. 

Texas remains its consistent 7% behind the average.  For the full report, please click here.

TRS Asks TACT for Feedback

As a “valued stakeholder,” the Teacher Retirement System of Texas has formally asked TACT for input into its 2015-2019 strategic plan.  Specifically, the plan’s four goals include:

1.     Sustain a financially sound pension trust fund.
2.     Build and maintain strong, customer-focused relationships.
3.     Facilitate access to competitive, reliable health care benefits for our members.
4.     Attract, retain and develop a highly competent staff.

TACT Supports Fewer Guns

This past Monday, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard testimony in support of loosening the state’s gun laws—with an open carry measure at the top of the list. 

This means that “open carry” could be coming to your campus soon. 

 

TACT Corners House Speaker Straus

While attending a political event this past weekend, TACT Vice President of Legislative Affairs Mary Jo Garcia Biggs found the opportunity to visit briefly with Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.  After initially mentioning our concern that many candidates have expressed support for guns on campus legislation, she described how universities are losing top faculty due to uncompetitive compensation.  Several years ago, system chancellors were testifying that Texas was hiring top talent from states that entered the recession before Texas; now some of those same faculty members are moving out of state to places investing more heavily in top instructors and researchers.

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