On Tuesday, August 5, Provost Adesida wrote to hundreds of non-tenure-track faculty who have just been certified as a union (CFA Local 6546 AFT/AAUP) that “departments may not implement academic year 2014-15 salary increases for specialized faculty in this bargaining unit until an agreement is bargained with the union regarding pay adjustments.” This action is not demanded by labor law in this state. This an attempt by the administration to punish faculty for seeking union representation. It is an attempt to silence their collective voice.
The revocation of faculty raises and the revocation of job offers (to Dr. Salaita and Dr. Kilgore) are direct and deliberate attempts to diminish what little power faculty presently have at the U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There is a deep systemic trend here that calls for serious critical analysis and united action on the part of all concerned faculty. To help organize a response to the administration’s treatment of NTT faculty — a direct administration intervention in departmental budgeting arrangements and contracts signed by department chairs and heads — please come to the CFA office in the McKinley Foundation today — Wednesday, August 13 — at 5:00pm. All concerned faculty are welcome!
Where: Geneva Room, McKinley Foundation, Corner of Fifth and Daniel Streets (enter off Fifth Street)