The below letter was sent to Steve Vaughan, IEA organizer at Uni High, where the faculty have filed for union recognition.
I write on behalf of the executive committee of the Campus Faculty Association-IFT-AFT-AAUP which offers it’s warmest congratulations and support to the University High School colleagues on their filing with the state education labor board for recognition and collective bargaining rights. Many of our members have strong personal connections with Uni. We have the highest regard for the institution and especially for its students and teaching staff who have made and continue to maintain its remarkable reputation. We are delighted and encouraged with the success of you and our brothers and sisters at Uni. It provides us with a great example as we enter the most critical stage of our own organizing with the faculty at Illinois.
As you know, the labor organizations on our campus have an excellent reputation for supporting one another regardless of our particular state and national affiliations. We offer our sincere support for Uni’s teachers and stand ready to help them in any way we can in their next step toward recognition and a contract.
Again, warmest congratulations to our colleagues at Uni.
Jim Barrett, President
Campus Faculty Association, IFT-AFT-AAUP