Field Staff Benefits

Chapter and conference field staff are paid directly by their employer, either an AAUP chapter or a state conference. Any fringe benefits received by the field staff person should be a part of the contract or agreement between the staff member and his/her employer. These arrangements should be reduced to writing and approved by both the employee and the employer to avoid future problems. The decision as to whether the chapter, the conference or the individual employee is to pay for fringe benefits received should be subject of negotiation between the employee and the employer and should be a part of hte employees contract or agreement.

While the National office does not pay for the fringe benefits of chapter/conference field staff, the National AAUP does make two benefit plans available to chapters and conferences employing field staff. Arrangements for field staff to participate in these programs may be made with the National AAUP business office. The benefits available are as follows:

  1. Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance. (Twice salary to a maximum of $100,000 with an AD&D Rider)
  2. Long Term Disability Insurance

Most chapters and conferences make other benefits available by either purchasing a policy directly from a company or by negotiating with their university to cover field staff under the university ground plan at the group rate. This would of course be subject to the approval of the carrier.

The benefits available to various field staff include:

  1. Medical Insurance (Master/Major medical, HMO, or PPO)
  2. Dental Insurance
  3. Optical Insurance
  4. Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  5. Short and Long Term Disability
  6. Paid Vacation
  7.  Paid Sick Leave
  8. Tuition (or Professional Development Fund)
  9. Sabbatical Leave Provision
  10. Parking

Who pays for these benefits varies with each chapter or conference. If you are interested in learning how other chapters and conferences handle fringe benefits, please contact Steve Greatorex.