Letter from AAUP to Chancellor Wise explains why UI actions are unacceptable

Anita Levy, from the national American Association of University Professors (AAUP), today sent a forceful letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise stating that the AAUP is extremely concerned that the firing of Steven Salaita constitutes an “arbitrary dismissal,” an unacceptable action according to long-standing AAUP statements and policies (to which the University is formally committed). Levy argues that theContinue reading “Letter from AAUP to Chancellor Wise explains why UI actions are unacceptable”

A Letter from Robert Warrior

To my fellow members of the Campus Faculty Association and other colleagues at Illinois and beyond, As American Indian Studies has been responding to unprecedented actions from the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre in our hiring of Steven Salaita as a tenured AssociateContinue reading “A Letter from Robert Warrior”

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”

Union cards submitted for Non-Tenure-Track faculty!

Today, non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, formally petitioned the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board for union representation. The union authorization cards, submitted from a majority of NTT faculty across campus (excluding Law and Veterinary Medicine as required by State law), point to a future that includes longer-term contracts, clear guidelines forContinue reading “Union cards submitted for Non-Tenure-Track faculty!”

On Academic Freedom and Integrity |Statement to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees

By Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles Presented to the Meeting of the Board of Trustees, May 14, 2014,  Springfield. Chairman Kennedy, Members of the Board of Trustees, President Easter, Chancellor Wise: I am grateful for this opportunity to address the Board about a subject of concern on the UIUC campus: academic freedom. The University of Illinois BoardContinue reading “On Academic Freedom and Integrity |Statement to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees”

Pension Update: Unions, Annuitants File for Injunctions to Stay SB 1

Recent news on pensions: two state-wide organizations have filed for injunctions in the last ten days, seeking to prevent implementation of the pension-slashing bill until courts have considered the current legal challenges to its constitutionality. May 12 – Union coalition “We Are One Illinois”: http://www.weareoneillinois.org/news/coalition-seeks-injunction May 2 – State Universities Annuitants Association: http://www.suaa.org/assets/pdf/2014/PressReleaseMotion5.2.2014%20.pdf

Major Gains for Adjunct Faculty at University of Oregon

  300 Adjuncts Gain Union Protections, Paths to Promotion and Sabbatical, New Titles   The new faculty union contract at the University of Oregon initiated a one-time reclassification process for adjunct faculty. The result is major gains for some 300 faculty, or 73 % of adjuncts, who have new rights under the contract and a newContinue reading “Major Gains for Adjunct Faculty at University of Oregon”

UNION CONTRACTS AT UIC: WHAT DID AND DID NOT HAPPEN

By the Campus Faculty Association Organizing Committee The faculty at the University of Illinois, Chicago have ratified their historic first union contracts. Here at UIUC, the campus debate about a faculty union has involved a lot of speculation about what the effects of unionizing would be. Now fact can replace speculation, and we can lookContinue reading “UNION CONTRACTS AT UIC: WHAT DID AND DID NOT HAPPEN”

First Faculty Union Contracts Ratified at UIC!

Faculty members at University of Illinois Chicago have overwhelmingly approved their new union contracts.  Tenure-system faculty voted 98% in favor, with 97% of non-tenure-track faculty voting in favor. The contracts for tenure-system faculty and non-tenure-track faculty are available here. CFA congratulates everyone in IFT Local 6456 who worked so hard, over several years, to makeContinue reading “First Faculty Union Contracts Ratified at UIC!”

Academic Freedom and Shared Governance: Support James Kilgore

Dear Colleagues, I am writing you to ask you to sign a petition in support of Dr. James Kilgore. James has been working as an adjunct faculty member in Global Studies and in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.  When he was hired to teach, James informed the University that he had served timeContinue reading “Academic Freedom and Shared Governance: Support James Kilgore”