CFA Stands with Xochitl Sandoval

Xochitl Sandoval, an Illinois student of indigenous ancestry, has written an open, compelling letter highlighting the difficult circumstances under which she pursued a degree. As the campus celebrates Inclusive Illinois week, we would like to remind you that a central goal of the Campus Faculty Association (CFA) is to make every week at Illinois inclusive. TheContinue reading “CFA Stands with Xochitl Sandoval”

A Message About Students and Teaching

Members of the Campus Faculty Association teach in the sciences, engineering, fine arts, humanities, social sciences and professional schools. We love our students. When a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, we teach the material to an independent study group. When we write letters of recommendation, we tailor each one to the program orContinue reading “A Message About Students and Teaching”

Why Graduate Employees Support Faculty Unionization

Why The GEO Supports Faculty Unionization February 6, 2014, by the Graduate Employees Organization, UIUC The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), the union that represents all 2,700 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at UIUC, stands in solidarity with the Campus Faculty Association (CFA). This morning, members of the GEO participated in a lively CFA event, attendedContinue reading “Why Graduate Employees Support Faculty Unionization”

CFA Honors the Legacy of Nelson Mandela

“…To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela The Campus Faculty Association joins millions of people around the world who mourn the loss of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a truly great figure in modern history.  HeContinue reading “CFA Honors the Legacy of Nelson Mandela”

Seeking a Staff Coordinator for the Campus Faculty Association

The Campus Faculty Association (CFA) is a membership organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The CFA aims to create an open and democratic university by balancing the power of the administration with a strong faculty voice through an open process of collective bargaining. We have an opening beginning December 15, 2013, for aContinue reading “Seeking a Staff Coordinator for the Campus Faculty Association”

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”

A Machiavellian Guide to Destroying Public Universities in 12 Easy Steps

As a general rule those who wish to win favor with a prince offer him the things they most value and in which they see that he will take most pleasure; so it is often seen that rulers receive presents of horses, arms, pieces of cloth of gold, precious stones, and similar ornaments worthy ofContinue reading “A Machiavellian Guide to Destroying Public Universities in 12 Easy Steps”

Oct. 10: Howard Bunsis to Give Talk: “Our University At the Crossroads”

Our University At the Crossroads: Finances, Budgets, and the Faculty A presentation by Howard Bunsis, AAUP [download pdf file of presentation] What is the real financial condition of the University of Illinois? Why are faculty numbers down and class sizes up? How much ICR money goes to the central administration? Why is the University running suchContinue reading “Oct. 10: Howard Bunsis to Give Talk: “Our University At the Crossroads””

U of Oregon Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement on First Contract

The University of Oregon United Academics faculty union ( reached tentative agreement on its first contract with the UO administration last week, after 10 months of negotiation. Union members will vote October 8 on ratifying  the agreement. [Update: the contract was approved in that vote, on 10/08/2013.] The two-year agreement covers more than 1800 facultyContinue reading “U of Oregon Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement on First Contract”

Two U of I English Professors on the Humanities Crisis at Public Universities

An article by two professors in English, Gordon Hutner and Feisal G. Mohamed, titled “The Real Humanities Crisis is Happening at Public Universities,” recently appeared in New Republic. It has been circulating widely online. As the authors state, “Under this new business model, humanities programs suffer in general and small departments, like classics and philosophy,Continue reading “Two U of I English Professors on the Humanities Crisis at Public Universities”