Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 3/10/13

Lots of uncertainty this edition. What’s going to happen with SEIU? What’s going to happen with our pensions? — Bruce 1a. As of this writing, there is no public information about whether SEIU will call a strike, and when. And, as the News-Gazette astutely observes: “The Campus Faculty Association has been holding a food driveContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 3/10/13”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 3/3/2013

Another week where more was going on behind the scenes than in the public eye. Deep thanks to all who have suggested links. 1. Labor: (a) SEIU announced its intention to strike if negotiations (which are continuing) do not work out.http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/employment/2013-02-25/union-ready-strike-against-ui-last-resort.htmlhttp://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_54696c96-7fd1-11e2-bdf5-0019bb30f31a.html(b) AFSCME and Gov. Quinn reach a not-completely-public agreement http://www.news-gazette.com/news/politics-and-government/2013-02-28/afscme-quinns-office-reach-tentative-agreement.html 2. Pensions: (a) Several newContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 3/3/2013”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/24/2013

A busy week. The semester’s themes in the news are emerging: local union matters, the pension, and the rise of the MOOC. In the first two cases, the most important decisions are being made in negotiations behind closed doors and it’s hard to know what’s really going on. In addition, those who are following theContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/24/2013”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/17/2013

1. On unions: a. The DI on the SEIU situation, the second quoting Ricky Baldwin as saying there has been “definite movement”. http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_800f2c16-740d-11e2-9a0f-001a4bcf6878.html http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_2c6500ce-765e-11e2-8278-001a4bcf6878.html b. NG report on demonstrations at Flex-N-Gate. S. R. Khan is our May Commencement speaker. This could become ineresting. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/employment/2013-02-14/rally-part-union-push-five-states.html c. Tim Cain’s review of the research on faculty unions (seeContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/17/2013”

Our Weekly Reader, 2/10/2013

The big stories this week seem to be the discussions of collective bargaining and continuing debates over pensions. Moocs continue to be keeping on keeping on.  — Bruce 1. The Senate discussed collective bargaining on Monday. The text of Randy McCarthy’s presentation and press coverage are below. https://cfaillinois.org/2013/02/06/why-i-want-collective-bargaining/ http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/employment/2013-02-05/unionization-plan-stirs-ui-senate-debate.html http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_441f3e8a-6f53-11e2-a286-0019bb30f31a.html 2. Continuing pension coverage canContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader, 2/10/2013”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week of Feb. 3, 2013

It’s been a quiet week in Champaign-Urbana, at these for those of us six levels down. 1. There will be a discussion of collective bargaining in the Senate Monday 2/4 at 3:15; taken from the agenda: http://www.senate.illinois.edu/130204_a.asp XI.   Committee of the Whole (~40 min.)     The Senate will discuss collective bargaining and facultyContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of Feb. 3, 2013”

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 http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_a1408ab6-680e-11e2-99e7-001a4bcf6878.html http://www.news-gazette.com/news/politics-and-government/2013-01-25/seiu-authorizes-strike.html More from the DI: from Megan, from the CFA and from a student columnist: http://www.dailyillini.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_592c895e-6512-11e2-ad9f-001a4bcf6878.html http://www.dailyillini.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_ff560ba2-65e4-11e2-bf7d-0019bb30f31a.html http://www.dailyillini.com/opinion/columns/article_b809c27c-6696-11e2-9c5c-0019bb30f31a.html 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 of Jan. 21, 2013

First week of the semester, and a combination of depressing news. If you see something from the week that I missed, tell me for next week. — Bruce 1. UIUC labor problems continue. The SEIU situation is heating up. Below are links to a story in the DI and to the SEIU Facebook page whichContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of Jan. 21, 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”

Our Weekly Reader for Week Beginning December 9, 2012

1. The first big news this week is that the GEO ratified their contract with the University. The University wanted to put the tuition waivers into the revenue mix, but those crafty grad students outsmarted them once again. For details go to the GEO homepage  uigeo.org ; fortunately, there is no longer any need forContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for Week Beginning December 9, 2012”

Our Weekly Reader for Week Beginning December 2, 2012

1. The big story this week was the GEO and its apparently successful negotiations with the university. The vote will take place this week. From the source: http://www.uigeo.org/ Tentative Agreement Reached Posted by stephseawell on November 27, 2012 The GEO’s bargaining team reached a tentative agreement today on all outstanding issues in contract negotiations withContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for Week Beginning December 2, 2012”