Chancellor’s actions in breach of University Statutes. Did she not know, or not care?

The Chancellor informed Prof. Steven Salaita on August 1, 2014, that she would not forward his case to the Board of Trustees. The University Statutes (Article III, Section 3) spell out how to handle such cases:  “In case a recommendation from a college is not approved by the chancellor/vice president, the dean may present the recommendation to theContinue reading “Chancellor’s actions in breach of University Statutes. Did she not know, or not care?”

Local 6546 Files ULP for Wage Freezes and Failure to Bargain

[Update 9/5/2014: the administration now wishes to identify “mutually agreeable dates and times for bargaining.” See the Timeline page. No movement on the frozen wage increases.] 9/3/2014 CHAMPAIGN- On Wednesday, September 3, the Campus Faculty Association, Local6546 (IFT/AFT/AAUP), the union of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana­ Champaign filed an unfair labor practice chargeContinue reading “Local 6546 Files ULP for Wage Freezes and Failure to Bargain”

Chancellor wants to restrict academic freedom

Chancellor Wise is quoted in today’s News-Gazette saying “There’s no hard and fast policy, and I think that one of the good things that can come out of that is a really active discussion, symposia, workshops, seminars on what is considered academic freedom and what is considered freedom of speech in light of digital media.”Continue reading “Chancellor wants to restrict academic freedom”

Admin game plan for non-tenure-track faculty: stall, stall, stall

Now that non-tenure-track faculty have a union (CFA Local 6546), members naturally think “we’ll elect our representatives and they can sit down with the administration to start bargaining, right?” Not so fast! The administration’s game plan so far The administration maintains a standing arrangement with anti-union law firm “Clark Baird Smith” from Chicago. Here’s the game plan they are following…Continue reading “Admin game plan for non-tenure-track faculty: stall, stall, stall”

Dear Alma: On the No-Teach List

Dear Alma, I seem to be on the University’s No-Teach List. How can I get off? Perplexed Instructor Dear Perp, People in Swanlund Administration Building were suddenly too busy to talk with me, after I asked about the No-Teach List. Not one of them was willing to speak about the thirteen reasons for inclusion on the List, nor the seven acceptableContinue reading “Dear Alma: On the No-Teach List”

What Can We Do about the University of Illinois Administration? Get Organized!

We are at a crisis point for faculty governance and academic freedom. Last Friday, the administration imposed a capricious and arbitrary standard of “civility,” governing what faculty are allowed to say both on and off campus. On Monday, Inside Higher Education revealed that  the Chancellor was heavily lobbied by donors and University fund-raisers as she made her decision toContinue reading “What Can We Do about the University of Illinois Administration? Get Organized!”

Dear Alma: Raises? What the Heck!?

Dear Alma, What the heck! I worked very hard over the past year and was looking forward to my annual merit increase from my department. Now I get a letter from academic HR telling me that I won’t get that raise – because of the new NTT union. What’s going on here? Emilia  Hoppenmad, PhD.Continue reading “Dear Alma: Raises? What the Heck!?”

Administration Withholds Promotion Raises Promised to “Specialized Faculty” by Provost’s Communication #25

The administration exerted its power this month by refusing to give raises to newly promoted non-tenure-track faculty. In the face of this unilateral action, the need for a union has never been clearer. See the email below for details (sent by Dr. Kristina Riedel to the Provost, the incoming Dean of LAS, and  Elabbas Benmamoun (Dept of Linguistics) onContinue reading “Administration Withholds Promotion Raises Promised to “Specialized Faculty” by Provost’s Communication #25″

UIUC is Punishing NTT Faculty for Organizing: Faculty Must Respond

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 isContinue reading “UIUC is Punishing NTT Faculty for Organizing: Faculty Must Respond”

Academic Freedom and Shared Governance

From the Executive Committee of the Campus Faculty Association: Regarding the Recent Hiring Controversies and Their Implications for Shared Governance Dear Colleagues: This is an extremely dangerous moment for the future of shared governance and academic freedom at UIUC. First in the case of lecturer James Kilgore and now again in the case of ProfessorContinue reading “Academic Freedom and Shared Governance”

No Objection to Administration giving Raises to Non-Tenure-Track Faculty!

Dear Colleagues, This is an exciting time for non-tenure-track faculty on our campus, now that we have gained the right to bargain collectively and democratically for improvements in our working lives. We have asked the University administration to commit to formal bargaining sessions towards a contract. Once the administration has declared its readiness to startContinue reading “No Objection to Administration giving Raises to Non-Tenure-Track Faculty!”

CFA Statement on Steven Salaita and U of Illinois

The Campus Faculty Association of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign calls upon Chancellor Phyllis Wise to reverse her decision to revoke the offer of appointment made to Professor Steven Salaita last October by Dean Brian Ross. Chancellor Wise is reported (in The Chronicle of Higher Education of August 7, 2014) to have told ProfessorContinue reading “CFA Statement on Steven Salaita and U of Illinois”