What is the Campus Faculty Association?

As we start the 2012-13 academic year, welcoming new students, faculty and staff, we want to take a moment to introduce—or reintroduce, as the case may be—ourselves.
We are an independent organization of faculty from all ranks at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
The CFA (formerly the Union of Professional Employees – UPE) has a long history of advocating for the interests of faculty and university workers, as well as promoting democratic public education and academic freedom.

During this history, the CFA has:

  • Been the first group to raise the issue of sexual harassment on campus with a sweeping survey that attracted national press coverage on workplace harassment of women in the academy.
  • Led the exposure of the multimillion dollar Global Campus debacle.
  • Spearheaded the campaign to establish tuition waivers for faculty and staff.
  • In coalition with other campus groups, helped expand campus childcare (including the Early Childhood Lab) and back-up care on campus.
  • Formed our own caucus to strengthen and support the University Senate.
  • Joined the successful campaign for contraceptive coverage.
  • Initiated a proposal to reform the Board of Trustees months before the admissions scandal broke. CFA’s proposal received statewide press coverage
  • Undertaken a questioning of the University’s so-called “Fourth Mission” (economic development), asking what it means for the community and for the University’s core missions of education, research, and public service.
  • Spoken out against proposed cutbacks to the library in the face of recent reorganizations (“New Service Model”).
  • Joined with other unions to lobby in Springfield on behalf of Illinois teachers and public workers.
  • Advised colleagues in grievance cases.
  • Sponsored open forums on threats to the SURS and how to confront them.
  • Worked with the Faculty Senate to address the various administrative crises facing the university.
  • Produced reports on the increase in administrative positions and salaries.
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