AFSCME Solidarity Statement

Dear Colleagues and Co-Workers, The men and women who work on this campus to make our own work possible are getting a raw deal. The clerical and business office staff who keep our departments functioning; the child development workers (many with advanced degrees) at the Child Development Lab to whom many of us entrust ourContinue reading “AFSCME Solidarity Statement”

Furloughs in 2010 were “Just Plain Destruction”

The Campus Faculty Association fights for transparency about decision-making processes at the University of Illinois. Unilateral decision-making by the administration undermines the core missions of the university, teaching and research, and so we are working for a faculty union that can provide a strong and independent faculty voice. The furloughs of Spring 2010 provide anContinue reading “Furloughs in 2010 were “Just Plain Destruction””

Labor Board Agrees: Unfreeze NTT Wages and Promotions Now

Yesterday, October 16, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) held a hearing on the wage and promotion freeze that currently affects non-tenure-track faculty at UIUC. After hearing both sides, the IELRB concluded that CFA Local #6546 is in the right, and the University Administration is in the wrong. The Board recommended “injunctive relief”: thatContinue reading “Labor Board Agrees: Unfreeze NTT Wages and Promotions Now”

Meeting of the Faculty: non-tenure-track member Dorothee Schneider calls for “good faith” from Administration

Statement to the Meeting of the Faculty, October 13, 2014 Dear Colleagues, Dear Senate President Campbell, Dear President Easter, Dear Chancellor Wise, Dear Provost Adesida. I would like to speak on behalf of the almost 500 non-tenure track (NTT) faculty who work on this campus and who do not usually participate in this meeting orContinue reading “Meeting of the Faculty: non-tenure-track member Dorothee Schneider calls for “good faith” from Administration”

Meet Us at the Alma Mater, Noon, Thursday, September 11

Dear Colleagues, As you know, UIUC faces an unprecedented crisis of academic freedom and shared governance. At the same time, our non-tenure-track colleagues are facing frozen wages and an unwillingness to bargain, while clerical staff on campus are battling the destruction of their collective bargaining agreement. Clearly, the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Wise areContinue reading “Meet Us at the Alma Mater, Noon, Thursday, September 11”

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”

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!”

Raises in the UIC Union Contract: A Careful Look

A careful analysis of the raises in the faculty union contract at UIC shows that our colleagues in Chicago will make solid gains to their base salary: 6.75% over the past two years (2012-2014), and the campus salary program plus an additional 1% for next year (2014-15). Our analysis shows that the raise pool gainsContinue reading “Raises in the UIC Union Contract: A Careful Look”

Equity for Tenure-Stream Women at UIUC: A Union Can Help

In February this year, 148 female tenured and tenure-track faculty gathered at a university-sponsored event to discuss the major challenges in their professional lives [1].  Many saw the greatest challenge as “equity.”  They reported that some departments and colleges still have very few women faculty, they viewed the campus climate as “gendered” in ways thatContinue reading “Equity for Tenure-Stream Women at UIUC: A Union Can Help”

Imminent pension threat – call to action!

Update: President Easter’s massmail explains the vicious pension-cutting proposals on the table in Springfield. He cannot ask you to lobby your legislators. But the Campus Faculty Association is your independent voice as a faculty member and we are working with the Illinois Federation of Teachers to make your voice heard in Springfield. Please call todayContinue reading “Imminent pension threat – call to action!”