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Comments Delivered by Michael Pfau to the Regents Budget Forum, May 9, 2014

Editor's Note: The following remarks were delivered by UEA President Michael Pfau at the May 9 meeting of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents in Minneapolis.

Chair Beeson, President Kaler, Members of the Board,

Thank you for the chance to share my thoughts about the proposed budget. 

My name is Michael Pfau, I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and President of the University Education Association – UMD’s faculty union.


Legislative Liaison Report: All eyes on state budget

By Michael Mullins
UEA-D Legislative Liaison


I hope as your semester winds down you are able to reflect on the struggles made across our campus this year and the accomplishments we've made on behalf of our faculty, students and generally the campus and community. Without your input and energy UEA would not be able to represent you collectively. Thanks for all you do.

Now, turning to one of the most pressing issues we face: our budget.


UEA-D pays tribute to retiring faculty

The University Education Association-Duluth would like to recognize the union faculty who will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Their contribution to our university in their research, teaching and service sets a standard we all can only hope to aspire to. We thank them for their membership in our union. We wish them fullfilling retirements.


UEA works to reduce CEHSP teaching load

By Scott Laderman
UEA Contract Administrator

We have lately been addressing an issue in the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) that, when positively resolved, will benefit nearly the entire faculty of that college.


UEA membership: Here are the FAQs

Here are some of the more common questions we get about UEA and membership. If you have other questions, please contact us directly.

Q: What services does UEA provide to faculty?

 A: UEA’s primary task is to negotiate the contract (the collective-bargaining agreement). We also implement and enforce the contract.

Q: What has UEA done for the faculty lately?


'Do more with less': Workload in perspective

By John Hamlin
UEA President Elect

I have an idea: To increase our graduation rates and make sure students are as productive as possible; let’s require all students to take 20 credits a semester.  I know, some already do, so why not bring the rest up to that level?   We can then provide a mechanism by which a students can buy down the course load if they can demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that they are already working too much in some other aspect of their professional student life.


UMD Professor pens open letter to UM President Kaler

Editor's note: On Monday, Feb. 17, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler visited the UMD campus to hold a series of open meetings on the university's current budget situation. UMD History professor Scott Laderman wrote the following open letter to Kaler in response to that visit.

February 20, 2014

Eric W. Kaler, President
University of Minnesota

Dear President Kaler,