Demand and Return Policy
The following is the revised procedure adopted on June 23,1987 by the Council of AAUP Chapters of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (hereafter "Council") to comply with the requirements of section 2C of Chapter 477, Laws of 1980. Please retain it for your records. It is published annually.
The representation fee amounts to 85 percent of member dues. The amount of representation fee that goes to the Council is equal to the percentage of member dues kept by the Council for Council expenses. The remainder goes to the national AAUP to cover national expenses related to collective bargaining. The Council budget includes only expenses allowable for charge to representation fee payers. This was also the case for last year's budget.
Any person who makes fee payments in lieu of dues who objects to a specific expenditure which the individual believes to be in aid of activities or causes of a partisan political or ideological nature, only incidentally related to the terms and conditions of employment or applied toward the cost of benefits available only to members of the association, shall file written notice of an objection by certified mail to the Representation Fee Review Committee (hereafter “committee") in care of the Executive Director of the AAUP.
Following the filing of such notice, the proportion of the objector's representation fee which is allocated to the expense in question will be placed in an escrow account established by the Council for this purpose pending resolution of the objection.
Objections to expenditures made in any fiscal year must be raised by October 1st of the following year. Individuals not represented by the AAUP at the beginning of the fiscal year may raise such objections within ninety (90) days of the date such representation commences.
An objection may be renewed for each year by written notification as noted above. At least annually, the association shall cause notice of its demand and return system, including the dates for notice of objection, to be printed in its newsletter.
The committee shall be composed of three (3) members of the faculty of UMDNJ chosen by the Council. When the Executive Director receives an objection, it shall be promptly submitted to the committee, which shall consider the objection for timeliness of submission and on the merits. An objector may, at the time of filing the objection, request that an oral fact-finding hearing on the objection be held.
If the AAUP contests the objection, it shall respond to the objection in writing within fifteen (15) working days of its transmittal to the committee. A copy of the AAUP's response shall be served on the individual making the objection. The objector then may, within fifteen (15) working days of his or her receipt of the AAUP submission, respond to the information provided by the AAUP. Upon its receipt of the AAUP response, if any, the committee shall determine whether additional information is necessary to complete the record. It may, in its absolute discretion, seek additional information from the objector or the AAUP or hold a fact-finding hearing on the request of either party.
When the committee is satisfied that it has received full submissions from all parties, it shall close the record. The committee shall rule on the objection, in writing, within fifteen (15) working days after the record is closed, and forward its determination to the objector and to the AAUP.
The burden of proof throughout the proceedings shall be on the AAUP. If the objector is dissatisfied with the decision of the committee, he or she may appeal to the State Representation Fee Review Board pursuant to Chapter 477 of the Laws of 1980.
An objector may bypass this procedure and appeal directly to the State Representation Fee Review Board.
“ AAUP-BHSNJ is the professional Bargaining Representative for more than 1,400 faculty members and librarians of the BHSNJ.
As of July 1, 2013, based on the integration of SOM with Rowan University and the integration of the remaining units of the former UMDNJ with Rutgers University (as per the New
Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act as of 2012) AAUP-UMDNJ became AAUP-BHSNJ.
Faculty and Librarians of the former UMDNJ at both Rutgers and Rowan (and those hired into units of the former UMDNJ) are now part of the Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey American Association of University Professors unit, AAUP-BHSNJ.