Welcome to AFUM!
The Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine
AFUM is a labor union that represents the full time faculty of the University of Maine System (UMS), which comprises the University of Southern Maine (USM), The University Maine at Farmington (UMF), The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), The University of Maine at Machias (UMM), The University of Maine (UM), The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI), the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), and Cooperative Extension (CE). A member of both the National Education Association (NEA) and the Maine Education Association (MEA), AFUM is the exclusive bargaining unit for full time faculty in the University of Maine System.
In Maine, collective bargaining in the state university system is organized into 6 units: The Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine (AFUM) represents faculty; Universities of Maine Professional Staff Association (UMPSA) represents professional staff; Associated C.O.L.T. Staff of the Universities of Maine (ACSUM) represents clerical, office, laboratory and technical unit; Teamsters represent service and maintenance; the Fraternal Order of Police represents the UMS Police; and the Part Time Faculty Association (PATFA) affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers Local #4593 AFT-Maine, AFL-CIO represents part time faculty.
The Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine (AFUM) was established in 1976 when the University of Maine System Labor Relations Act was passed. The statute (Title 26, MRSA, chapter 12) specifies:
“It is declared to be the public policy of this State and it is the purpose of this chapter to promote the improvement of the relationship between public employers and their employees by providing a uniform basis for recognizing the right of the University of Maine System employees, Maine Maritime Academy employees and community college employees to join labor organizations of their own choosing and to be represented by such organizations in collective bargaining for terms and conditions of employment.” [1989, c. 443, §60 (AMD); 2003, c. 20, Pt. OO, §2 (AMD); 2003, c. 20, Pt. OO, §4 (AFF)].
Once the University of Maine Labor Relations Act passed, AFUM election for representation passed in May of 1978 and unit determination was finalized in August of 1978. The first AFUM contract was negotiated with the University of Maine system in 1979. The original issues that drove collective bargaining included extremely low pay, lack of due process and arbitrarily awarded raises.
AFUM negotiates on behalf of all full time faculty in the University of Maine System. The system is composed of seven campuses: (in order from south to north) The University of Southern Maine (USM); The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); The University of Maine at Machias (UMM); The University of Maine (UM – located in Orono); The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK). The bargaining unit also includes The University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMCE) with sites across the state.
Each campus has a chapter president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and executive council that advises the president. Each campus also provides a negotiating representative for collective bargaining with the system at the state level. Collectively, the local has a statewide president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and executive council. The statewide executive council is made up of the campus AFUM presidents and one additional member from each campus.
AFUM is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA) both directly through delegates sent to the Representative Assembly and via the Maine Education Association (MEA). AFUM participates in the governance of the MEA with a Board of Directors Representative and the Representative Assembly.
AFUM also receives service support from the MEA in the form of a Uniserv Director. The support of the Uniserv Director is conditional on maintaining a minimum of 12 dues paying members.