AAUP Restructuring Vote Passes
By a nearly unanimous vote, the AAUP approved its restructuring plan this afternoon. With one dissenter (who unsuccessfully tried to amend the resolution to require all of the Council and elected leadership to resign), the AAUP voted to approve the plan to divide the current charity into three parts: a professional association (which would continue the AAUP name and existing structure), a collective bargaining unit, and a charitable foundation. With any luck, this will get the IRS off the AAUP's back and remove any last excuses for its inaction.
The IRS will have to approve the plan, which may further delay its implementation. But the passage of restructuring makes the future of the AAUP, as did the news that 3,000 members were added, putting total membership at 47,000, the highest it has been in several decades.
Unfortunately, the AAUP members also rejected (by voting 94-37 to send back to committee) a resolution mildly criticizing Israel for its policy of banning Palestinian students in Gaza from leaving to pursue higher education. Many speakers objected to singling out Israel. Oddly, these same people raised no objection to singling out Iran for criticism in violating academic freedom, a resolution that passed unanimously. It was a sign of how powerful the fear of controversy regarding Israel is, that it extends even to the membership of the AAUP.