The Faculty Senate approved the following resolution on faculty collective bargaining on 2 May 2005.

The Faculty Senate affirms its support for the seven principles enumerated below as essential features of any collective-bargaining enabling legislation affecting faculty and academic staff employed across the UW System. It instructs PROFS to communicate its support for these principles to the state legislature while continuing to oppose any enabling legislation that fails to conform to these principles, which are, that any enabling legislation should:

  1. provide that the board of regents shall have sole responsibility for negotiations and administration of any collective-bargaining agreements for faculty;
  2. preserve the independence of the Madison faculty by permitting it to elect whether, as a separate and distinct group of individuals apart from other academic employees and from the faculties of other universities in the system, it wishes to engage in collective bargaining;
  3. permit the faculty of each institution in the system to make the same choices concerning the desirability of collective bargaining and the make-up of the bargaining unit;
  4. subordinate all other provisions of the enabling legislation to the overriding provision that nothing in the law or in bargaining agreements shall be construed or allowed to diminish academic freedom or tenure, or prohibit or restrict the full exercise by the faculty of its functions in any shared-governance mechanisms or practices;
  5. clarify which faculty (e.g., principal investigators, department chairs, center directors) will be considered supervisory or management personnel;
  6. exclude from the definition of unfair labor practices the failure to implement improvements in compensation or working conditions gained at a campus regardless of whether the faculty are represented or not, if such improvements are based upon comparisons with comparable higher education institutions or other competitive practices; and
  7. include effective fact-finding provisions to resolve bargaining impasses.

The Faculty Senate reserves its judgment on the endorsement of any specific bill so as not to contravene the provisions of the following paragraph.

When legislation that seems to meet the above requirements is introduced in the state legislature, a meeting of the UW-Madison faculty will, upon the recommendation by the University Committee and a vote of the Faculty Senate, be convened to discuss and determine whether to support such legislation.

[UW-Madison Faculty Senate reaffirms its resolution of 2 April 1973, Minutes, 2 December 1974]
[UW-Madison Faculty Senate adopts resolution 9 May 1983]
[UW-Madison Faculty Senate adopts resolution 7 February 1994]
[UW-Madison Faculty Senate reaffirms its resolution of 7 February 1994, Minutes 5 May 1997]
[UW-Madison Faculty Senate revises the resolution of 7 February 1994, Faculty Document 1623c, Minutes 1 April 2002]
[UW-Madison Faculty Senate amends resolution of 1 April 2002, Faculty Document 1623d, Minutes 2 May 2005]