AFSCME Solidarity Statement

Dear Colleagues and Co-Workers, The men and women who work on this campus to make our own work possible are getting a raw deal. The clerical and business office staff who keep our departments functioning; the child development workers (many with advanced degrees) at the Child Development Lab to whom many of us entrust ourContinue reading “AFSCME Solidarity Statement”

Furloughs in 2010 were “Just Plain Destruction”

The Campus Faculty Association fights for transparency about decision-making processes at the University of Illinois. Unilateral decision-making by the administration undermines the core missions of the university, teaching and research, and so we are working for a faculty union that can provide a strong and independent faculty voice. The furloughs of Spring 2010 provide anContinue reading “Furloughs in 2010 were “Just Plain Destruction””

Labor Board Agrees: Unfreeze NTT Wages and Promotions Now

Yesterday, October 16, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) held a hearing on the wage and promotion freeze that currently affects non-tenure-track faculty at UIUC. After hearing both sides, the IELRB concluded that CFA Local #6546 is in the right, and the University Administration is in the wrong. The Board recommended “injunctive relief”: thatContinue reading “Labor Board Agrees: Unfreeze NTT Wages and Promotions Now”

Meeting of the Faculty: non-tenure-track member Dorothee Schneider calls for “good faith” from Administration

Statement to the Meeting of the Faculty, October 13, 2014 Dear Colleagues, Dear Senate President Campbell, Dear President Easter, Dear Chancellor Wise, Dear Provost Adesida. I would like to speak on behalf of the almost 500 non-tenure track (NTT) faculty who work on this campus and who do not usually participate in this meeting orContinue reading “Meeting of the Faculty: non-tenure-track member Dorothee Schneider calls for “good faith” from Administration”

Dear Alma: Reliable Sources?

Dear Alma, I’m trying to make up my mind about whether to support a tenure-track faculty union at UIUC . Recently, I read an anti-union essay written by a faculty member who cited information from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Surely this is some reputable outfit that would only publish sane, well-researched arguments?Continue reading “Dear Alma: Reliable Sources?”

AAUP Censure, and What It Could Mean for Illinois

The abuse of academic freedom and faculty governance procedures in the Kilgore and Salaita cases have placed our university at grave risk of censure from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). How might the AAUP censure process play out over the coming year, and what consequences might the university face? Background. Job candidates at the University of Illinois areContinue reading “AAUP Censure, and What It Could Mean for Illinois”

Campus Faculty Association pushes for union to protect academic freedom

Published in the Daily Illini on 9/25/14 Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:45 am | Updated: 1:42 am, Thu Sep 25, 2014. By Eric Fries | Contributing writer | The Campus Faculty Association believes the creation of unions will help protect University faculty members’ academic freedom. Some members believe that unionization could have helped resolveContinue reading “Campus Faculty Association pushes for union to protect academic freedom”

Chancellor finds novel way to breach the Statutes

The University of Illinois Statutes specify how hiring should work: Recommendations to positions on the academic staff shall ordinarily originate with the department…and shall be presented to the dean for transmission with the dean’s recommendation to the chancellor/vice president. In case a recommendation from a college is not approved by the chancellor/vice president, the deanContinue reading “Chancellor finds novel way to breach the Statutes”

CFA Statement Regarding Calls to Boycott the University of Illinois

September 1, 2014 The Campus Faculty Association is not involved in the boycott movement against the University of Illinois. We feel it is a matter of individual conscience for faculty members around the world to consider, and we respect the different decisions which individuals may reach. We do believe strongly, and have stated publicly, thatContinue reading “CFA Statement Regarding Calls to Boycott the University of Illinois”

FAQ on Salaita, academic freedom, and faculty rights

The University of Illinois is in the midst of a crisis of academic freedom and shared governance.  We assume readers are up-to-date on these recent events.  A great deal of confusion exists about the legal, constitutional and procedural issues involved, and so we have compiled some frequently asked questions and answers about the key issuesContinue reading “FAQ on Salaita, academic freedom, and faculty rights”

Meet Us at the Alma Mater, Noon, Thursday, September 11

Dear Colleagues, As you know, UIUC faces an unprecedented crisis of academic freedom and shared governance. At the same time, our non-tenure-track colleagues are facing frozen wages and an unwillingness to bargain, while clerical staff on campus are battling the destruction of their collective bargaining agreement. Clearly, the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Wise areContinue reading “Meet Us at the Alma Mater, Noon, Thursday, September 11”