To: All media outlets
From: Campus Faculty Association at UIUC
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2012
CFA Calls on President Hogan to halt legal appeals against United Faculty at UIC
The Campus Faculty Association joins Senator Dick Durbin in urging President Michael Hogan to respect the ruling of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board on faculty unionization at UIC. Durbin wrote Hogan recently asking him to sit down with the United Faculty group at the Chicago campus “to resolve outstanding issues as expediently as possible.”
If the President is genuine in his desire to “reduce tensions” and restore the trust of faculty, an important first step would be to stop spending thousands of dollars on legal fees in search of a legal loophole to block the legitimate right of faculty at the Chicago campus to engage in collective bargaining. The United Faculty at UIC have followed the labor law to the letter and collected membership cards from more than 50% of the academic faculty, both tenured/tenure track and contingent. The Hogan administration has retaliated by filing two spurious appeals in the courts trying to force the tenured/tenure track to form a separate bargaining unit and compel the union to carry out another membership drive. These are merely delaying tactics by the Administration, an attempt to postpone the inevitable. Unfortunately, this stalling is heightening tensions and mistrust between the President and faculty at all campuses. We call on President Hogan to drop all legal appeals and sit down with United Faculty at the bargaining table in the spirit of building a more respectful and effective working relationship. The sooner President Hogan takes this step, the better for all concerned.
Dr. Harriet Murav, President
Professor of Slavic Studies, UIUC