Non-tenure track issues at UIUC

CFA is encouraged by the steps outlined in the Provost’s draft report about “specialized faculty”. A number of faculty – some CFA supporters and some not – spoke up at a recent Senate meeting to propose basic improvements to the plan. The Provost’s office has responded positively to some of these. We are fostering further discussion,Continue reading “Non-tenure track issues at UIUC”

Diversity: Students, Faculty, and the Work to be Done

In 1968 the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launched an initiative called Project 500 to enroll 500 African Americans in the freshman class.  The project was a response to the local and national Civil Rights movement and was, in its time, a breakthrough. Now,  in 2013, our campus fails to meet the benchmark it setContinue reading “Diversity: Students, Faculty, and the Work to be Done”

UIUC Financial Picture: From “Very Good” to “Even Better” in Past Two Years

Creating new administrative posts while the faculty shrinks and tuition goes up is “just not right,” says Howard Bunsis. Bunsis has an unusual passion: exposing the realities of universities which claim they are in a financial crisis. The professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University visited UIUC in 2011 and gave a memorable talk toContinue reading “UIUC Financial Picture: From “Very Good” to “Even Better” in Past Two Years”

Faculty Union Ratifies Contract at U of Oregon

… Multi-year raises, contracts, and University to cover possible pension cost increases With the ratification of a contract at the University of Oregon, a faculty union has been formed at another major state university, indicating a growing trend across the United States. As we reported last month, the contract includes an average 12 percent raiseContinue reading “Faculty Union Ratifies Contract at U of Oregon”

Local News Coverage of NTTs at UIUC

Nontenure-track faculty seek voice on UI campus Sun, 10/06/2013 – 7:00am | Christine Des Garennes for the News-Gazette Photo by: Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette Kay Emmert teaches a class at the English Building at the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois has a growing number of adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and clinical andContinue reading “Local News Coverage of NTTs at UIUC”

Adjunct Faculty With a Union Increase Salaries by 25 Percent

A recent article from Inside Higher Education shows that across the country adjunct faculty gain better working conditions with a union. One researcher with the Delphi Project, dedicated to examining the role of adjunct faculty, said that unionization does make an empirical  difference, “It is one of the few changes that helped to make changesContinue reading “Adjunct Faculty With a Union Increase Salaries by 25 Percent”

Labor Notes: “Adjunct Faculty, Now in The Majority, Organize Citywide”

When adjunct faculty at Georgetown University swept their union election May 3 with 72 percent voting yes, it marked a local tipping point: Service Employees Local 500 now represents a majority of adjuncts at private colleges in the Washington, D.C. area. The spread of adjunct unions in D.C., where faculty self-organized at four colleges, inspiredContinue reading “Labor Notes: “Adjunct Faculty, Now in The Majority, Organize Citywide””

Our Weekly Reader for the Week of Jan. 27, 2013

The big story this week is that SEIU’s membership has voted, overwhelmingly, to approve a strike. Negotiations continue. — Bruce 1. SEIU news More from the DI: from Megan, from the CFA and from a student columnist: Relevant quote: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and itContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of Jan. 27, 2013”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week Beginning January 13, 2013

A new year begins. The big story this week is that the legislature continued its great tradition of punting on the pension funding situation. I won’t put any links on the top about this; there’s plenty in the e-news, and I imagine most readers are up-to-date on this. (A good op-ed is at the top.) Continue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week Beginning January 13, 2013”

Our Weekly Reader for week beginning December 16, 2012

Well … GEO settlements, finals preparation, latkes, fiscal cliffs, eggnogs, Mayan solutions to the pension crisis. Somewhere in here comes Our Weekly Reader. No obvious huge story. Quote of the week is taken from Ford Prefect of the Hitchhiker’s Guide: “They can’t win against obsession. We care. They don’t. We win.” — Bruce 1. CommentsContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for week beginning December 16, 2012”

Faculty Unions And Pay Leveling

Certain documentation being circulated among faculty at the moment implies that unionization could eliminate merit-based pay and lead to a leveling of salaries across the  university. This is blatantly false-as the experience of dozens of unionized campuses around the country has shown. CFA has compiled a one page document, “The Myth of Pay Leveling,” whichContinue reading “Faculty Unions And Pay Leveling”