Here we re-print the letter from Senator Durbin to President Hogan urging him to recognize the union at UIC. We also add the letter from UIC Professor of Management Darold Barnum to BOT President Kennedy and Hogan on the same issue. We urge the UI to stop blocking the certification of United Faculty at UIC, a union which has met all the legal requirements for recognition. The UI is just playing legal games to halt the democratic process and spending thousands on lawyers in the process.
Dear President Hogan:
It has come to my attention that the Illinois Education’s Labor Relations Board recently ruled regarding unionization efforts at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. It is my hope that all parties involved will begin discussions to resolve outstanding issues as expediently as possible.
State universities are operating within a challenging budgetary climate today. Public colleges and universities across the state are dealing with the impact of increasingly constrained state budgets. These difficult times are best met with the full collaboration of all members of the university community. Working together, university administrators and faculty can find ways to continue to provide the distinguished higher education experience that serves our state so well.
University of Illinois campuses stand as strong testament to the state’s commitment to providing students the highest quality education while making award-winning contributions to the research community. It is important that UIC administration and faculty work together to continue this mission.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator
Darold T Barnum, PhD, MBA
Professor of Management
Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
Adjunct (Research) Professor of Pharmacy Administration
Former Head, UIC Department of Management
Founding Director, University of Illinois Center for Human Resource Management