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”

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”

Harriet Murav and Joyce Tolliver on Shared Governance

Over the last weekend and following Michael Hogan’s resignation, CFA President Harriet Murav sent a message to  members reflecting that the change in administration might be due in part to the extensive organizing conversations we have been holding on campus.   Harriet’s message brought a reply from Joyce Tolliver, long-time CFA  member and former president of ourContinue reading “Harriet Murav and Joyce Tolliver on Shared Governance”

CFA Excomm Response to Court Decision on UIC faculty union efforts

At a time of great financial crisis, shrinking faculties, low salaries, and rising tuition, the University of Illinois administration has spent enormous time and money fighting an open and democratic process of faculty decision making at UIC.  A large majority of both tenure track and contingent faculty at UIC are on record in support ofContinue reading “CFA Excomm Response to Court Decision on UIC faculty union efforts”

CFA Statement in Support of Sen. Durbin’s Letter to Hogan in support of UIC United Faculty

To: All media outlets From: Campus Faculty Association at UIUC For Immediate Release: March 13, 2012 CFA Calls on President Hogan to halt legal appeals against United Faculty at UIC The Campus Faculty Association joins Senator Dick Durbin in urging President Michael Hogan to respect the ruling of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board onContinue reading “CFA Statement in Support of Sen. Durbin’s Letter to Hogan in support of UIC United Faculty”

Hogan Calls for Rebuilding Trust: What Would It Take?

UIUC President Michael Hogan issued a letter expressing regret about the breakdown of shared governance at the University — saying that he plans to work hard to regain the campus community’s trust. What would it take to rebuild trust between faculty, students, staff and the President’s office?  Just as important, what would it take toContinue reading “Hogan Calls for Rebuilding Trust: What Would It Take?”

Faculty with Disabilities, a Report

Let’s talk about faculty with disabilities: in fact, I’m ready to talk about mine. If you know me, you might be surprised, because my disability is invisible.  Chronic hand and arm pain slow me down on a regular basis,  although I can keep up with my “essential functions” by using adaptive technology and lots ofContinue reading “Faculty with Disabilities, a Report”

Calls for President Hogan’s Resignation and the UIUC Crisis: Will a New CEO Make A Difference?

Faculty members have doubtless heard about a signature gathering campaign for a letter to the Board of Trustees demanding the resignation of President Hogan.  Here we re-post our commentary on this issue from a few days ago. The CFA Executive Committee encourages members to sign the letter if they think it makes sense. We alsoContinue reading “Calls for President Hogan’s Resignation and the UIUC Crisis: Will a New CEO Make A Difference?”

CFA’s Mark Steinberg on the Cost of Public Higher Education

Mark publishes in Letters (The New York Times): The Cost of Public Colleges: Easing the Burden Published: February 9, 2012 To the Editor: Yes, declining state support has eroded quality, accessible public higher education of the sort that I experienced as an undergraduate in California in the 1970s. But your Feb. 4 editorial “Reining InContinue reading “CFA’s Mark Steinberg on the Cost of Public Higher Education”

CFA Position and Analysis on Pensions Bill SB 512

The Illinois state legislature is currently preparing to vote on SB 512, a bill that would have substantial negative effects on the pension benefits of present and future U of I faculty as well as thousands of other state employees. CFA opposes the passage of this bill. We have produced an analysis and position paperContinue reading “CFA Position and Analysis on Pensions Bill SB 512”