Dear Alma, The Admin’s FAQ on unions tries to suggest the Campus Faculty Association will somehow trick faculty into unionizing. It just about claims that CFA could pick up one of my credit card receipts off the floor, slap the CFA logo on it, and use it to get a union! Why do you thinkContinue reading “Dear Alma: can any scrap of paper be a union card?”
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Dear Alma: on Secret Codewords
Dear Alma, My friend says “civility” is just a codeword for “don’t upset the donors”. Could she be right? Yours, Politically Sensitive Dear Polly, You can’t spell “euphemism” without “UI”. Well you could, but it would be “ephemsm”. Love Alma
Dear Alma: On the No-Teach List
Dear Alma, I seem to be on the University’s No-Teach List. How can I get off? Perplexed Instructor Dear Perp, People in Swanlund Administration Building were suddenly too busy to talk with me, after I asked about the No-Teach List. Not one of them was willing to speak about the thirteen reasons for inclusion on the List, nor the seven acceptableContinue reading “Dear Alma: On the No-Teach List”
Dear Alma: I am an excellent and agile campus leader…
Dear Alma, I am an excellent and agile campus leader. Recently I had to make a problem “go away” by “just doing it”. But it hasn’t gone away, and Facebook and Twitter don’t believe anything I say. How can I fix this? Les Wisdom Dear Les, I think you already know the right thing toContinue reading “Dear Alma: I am an excellent and agile campus leader…”
Dear Alma: on Double Secret Probation?
Dear Alma, I hear that because of faculty complaints about the new civility standard, the Chancellor is putting all of campus onto Double Secret Probation. What have you heard? Classical Cinema Lover Dear Classy, I hear she said: “The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.” So Alma thinksContinue reading “Dear Alma: on Double Secret Probation?”
Dear Alma: Raises? What the Heck!?
Dear Alma, What the heck! I worked very hard over the past year and was looking forward to my annual merit increase from my department. Now I get a letter from academic HR telling me that I won’t get that raise – because of the new NTT union. What’s going on here? Emilia Hoppenmad, PhD.Continue reading “Dear Alma: Raises? What the Heck!?”
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”
Dear Alma | Raises?
Dear Alma — Do you think I’ll get a raise this year? Signed, Skint Dear Skint, You deserve a raise (we all deserve one), but the salary program is at the discretion of the Administration and completely unknowable to the merely tenured. There ought to be money available, with lots of senior faculty retiring andContinue reading “Dear Alma | Raises?”
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”