CFA Reception for New Faculty

The Campus Faculty Association will hold a reception for new faculty on Thursday, September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University YMCA, 1001 s. Wright St. We ask our current members to personally invite new faculty in your department to this event. Light food will be served. For more information, contact CFA onContinue reading “CFA Reception for New Faculty”

CFA Member’s Letter to Sen. Frerichs on Health Care Benefits for Retirees

Dear Senator Frerichs, I am appalled that the state legislators think it is permissible to remove the state contribution to employee healthcare. For many of us, it is too late to save up more money so that we can pay what will be much higher premiums after retirement. You write that “How much retirees wouldContinue reading “CFA Member’s Letter to Sen. Frerichs on Health Care Benefits for Retirees”

Pension Blues

Cary Nelson It’s no secret that public employee pensions are under political and legislative assault throughout the country. The effort in state capitols is being promoted by conservative think tanks that provide allied senators and representatives with model legislation that either demolishes or degrades existing pension systems. Indeed it is clear from increasing ideological attacksContinue reading “Pension Blues”

Ever So True?

Yesterday was my department’s graduation ceremony, and it was great–the weather was perfect, the students were excited, and the parents glowing with pride. We had the bagpipers, the brass quintet, the inspiring speeches,  sang the “Alma Mater,” the whole nine yards. In Communication, our tradition is that at the end of the ceremony, faculty standContinue reading “Ever So True?”

University of Oregon Faculty Union Gains Recognition

The University of Oregon administration has recognized the faculty union at their institution. The actions by U of O admin are in sharp contrast to those of their counterparts at U of I who have tried to block our colleagues at UIC from gaining recognition. These efforts by the U of I admin have wastedContinue reading “University of Oregon Faculty Union Gains Recognition”

Illinois state legislature to vote soon on pension reform-take action now!!

Apparently the Illinois state legislature is determined to “solve” the pensions problem during this session. Yet none of the options they are considering offers a real solution. All of them simply shift more burden onto state employees without dealing with the crux of the issue-the need to increase revenue through a graduated income tax. ReadContinue reading “Illinois state legislature to vote soon on pension reform-take action now!!”

Slides from CFA Forum on Pension 4-24-12

Amanda Kass of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago addressed a  CFA public forum on SURS on April 24th. She outlined the historical background of the present pensions crisis, provided a wealth of data to demonstrate how state workers are being penalized for the failure of the state to honor its obligationsContinue reading “Slides from CFA Forum on Pension 4-24-12”

CFA Response to Gov. Quinn’s Pension Proposal

Campus Faculty Association Media Release: Our Response to Governor Quinn’s Pension Proposal April 22, 2012 For Immediate Release The  Campus Faculty Association (CFA) views with grave concern any attempt by Governor Quinn or the state legislature to downgrade pensions of state employees. The governor’s proposal to raise the retirement age to 67 and increase employees’Continue reading “CFA Response to Gov. Quinn’s Pension Proposal”

Quinn: I was “put on earth” to fix the state pension crisis: The governor’s new plan

Yesterday the governor announced his plan to increase employee pension contributions and up the retirement age to 67. Read the story here and get the latest details at the CFA Public Forum on pensions, Tuesday, April 24th at 4 p.m. at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St. . Speakers from Chicago’s Center for TaxContinue reading “Quinn: I was “put on earth” to fix the state pension crisis: The governor’s new plan”

Campus Labor Coalition Responds to News-Gazette Article on Public Sector Unions

(This article appeared in the print version of News-Gazette, Sunday, April 15, 2012. It is a response to an editorial in the News-Gazette the previous week which attacked public sector unions) Recent editorials in the News-Gazette have suggested that public employee pensions are draining state coffers, and must be cut.  On Sunday, April 8, theContinue reading “Campus Labor Coalition Responds to News-Gazette Article on Public Sector Unions”

Faculty Union Membership Rising, Study Reports

Study Finds Continued Growth of Unions for Faculty Members and Graduate Students By Peter Schmidt (Chronicle of Higher Education) New York The number of college faculty members and graduate-student employees represented by unions has risen substantially over the past five years. But such growth might be slowing as a result of moves by state legislaturesContinue reading “Faculty Union Membership Rising, Study Reports”