We encourage faculty to support our graduate students in their negotiations with the Administration by attending the GEO rally on Thursday, November 8 at noon at the Undergraduate Library.
Nick Yelverton, a pensions expert from the Illinois Federation of Teachers, will speak at UIUC on Tuesday, October 16 at 4 p.m. at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St. He will highlight the threat to the constitutional guarantees for our pensions embodied in Amendment 49, a measure to be voted on in the November elections. Come and learn more about this disastrous amendment.
Nick Yelverton is a legislative director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers. He is in charge of monitoring and developing legislation in the area of pensions and higher education for the 103,000 member union. He has more than 18 years of experience in the area of government relations, including nine years as legislative liaison at the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Mr Yelverton’s presentation at UIUC is sponsored by the Campus Faculty Association.
The Campus Faculty Association will hold a reception for new faculty on Thursday, September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University YMCA, 1001 s. Wright St. We ask our current members to personally invite new faculty in your department to this event. Light food will be served. For more information, contact CFA on email@example.com
This is a reminder that our annual meeting and party are coming up on Sunday, May 6 from 3-5 pm at David O’Brien’s house.
A CFA tradition for a number of years now has been the annual Golden Dodo award (with formal plaque and proclamation) for the most irresponsible and wasteful fiscal behavior at the University.
I’m writing to ask you to please submit nominations for the Golden Dodo award, creatively written up, of course, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will acknowledge all contributions.
There will be refreshments and relaxation at the O’Brien / Iriye house, as well as a report on the year’s activities and nominations of next year’s officers.
At a time of great financial crisis, shrinking faculties, low salaries, and rising tuition, the University of Illinois administration has spent enormous time and money fighting an open and democratic process of faculty decision making at UIC. A large majority of both tenure track and contingent faculty at UIC are on record in support of the union there. The university has lost every appeal down to this most recent court decision. The University of Illinois administration can and should recognize the union in Chicago, but if they should continue to ignore majority faculty opinion there, the UIC union is prepared. They are in a position to recover quickly, once again garner majority support from both groups, and, hopefully, begin the process of negotiations with the administration. We hope that the administration will show proper regard for faculty opinion on the collective bargaining issue here in Urbana-Champaign, CFA has intended from the beginning to maintain strong solidarity between tenure track and contingent faculty, as the fates of the two groups are linked. CFA will continue to support the efforts of all faculty on our campus. We ask that our weakened university administration recognize our unionized colleagues at UIC and also respect the rights of faculty here at UIUC to make our own decision regarding collective bargaining.
Executive Committee, Campus Faculty Association
Professor Lisa Klein of Rutgers University, a pioneer among women engineers and material scientists, will speak at UIUC on Monday, March 12 at 3 p.m. at the Grainger Library, 1301 Springfield. Professor Klein, who is also the President of the faculty union at Rutgers, will outline the reasons why faculty can benefit from collective bargaining. Come and hear for yourself.