Professors’ union begins voting on UPR campuses
By The Star Staff
The professors’ union election at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) began on Monday and will run through Thursday, the president of the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors (APPU by its Spanish initials), María del Mar Rosa Rodríguez, announced on Monday.
“After more than six decades of organizing UPR faculty, the time has come to vote and negotiate our first collective bargaining agreement,” said Rosa Rodríguez, a professor at the UPR Cayey Campus, in a written statement. “We want the APPU to be the exclusive representative of all UPR professors.”
The union leader said the election will be held on specific dates on the 11 UPR campuses.
“The process began today on the Cayey, Ponce and Mayagüez campuses,” she said. “Tomorrow [today], Arecibo, Utuado and Aguadilla will have their turn. On Wednesday, it will be the turn of Bayamón, Humacao and the Medical Sciences Campus. And to conclude, on Thursday, Carolina, Río Piedras and the Central Administration will vote.”
The count will take place on Friday.
“We urge all professors to exercise their right to vote,” Rosa Rodríguez said.
More details on the voting process, including times and polling places, can be found on the official website of the APPU, www.appu.org.