Be Careful Out There

DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 384
DAYS UNTIL THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR: 31

Before I get to today’s post, I just wanted to remind everyone to be careful outside. We’ve got a fairly serious heat advisory for most of the week and the Southern is reporting that the city of Carbondale is offering a cooling center in “Room 112 of the Carbondale Civic Center. The hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.” Stay inside and stay safe!

Secondly, Inside Higher Ed has an interesting piece on administrative pay raises I almost think SIUC could have ended up in. Essentially, the California State University system has a $650 million budget cut… and still managed to find the money to give a college president a $100,000 raise over his predecessor (putting him in the $400,000 range).

Lastly, I have a petition to pass on. I’ve been following the organizing struggle at the University of Illinois-Chicago who recently won the legal right to organize as a union of tenure and non-tenure track faculty. According to a GEO organizer I know, the university President’s (Michael Hogan) immediate response was “the U of I will challenge this ruling and the admin has a few days left to lodge their appeal. UIC Faculty are asking people to contact Hogan and urge him to recognize United Faculty and stop wasting university money on union busting lawyers.” The petition can be found online here.

The right to collectively bargain is a very important fight. They’re just beginning their fight at UIC but we have our very own fight going on here as well. We are unionized but the university administration wants complete control of the terms and conditions of our employment — job safety, wages, benefits, job security — all of it. That’s exactly what the imposed terms and conditions did to the Faculty Association, Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association, and the Association of Civil Service Employees. Those imposed terms and conditions completely removed the faculty and staff voice within those decisions at the bargaining table. With Graduate Assistants United, they simply just vetoed every proposal until the GAU bargaining team was essentially negotiating with themselves. The simple fact that we have been 384 days without a contract shows how little the administration thinks of the importance of collective bargaining. Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants standing together threatens their power and that makes them afraid so they will do anything to keep us from having, keeping, or even realizing the power we have together.

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2 thoughts on “Be Careful Out There

  1. Thanks for the shout out Kristi! You are doing an amazing job and should be very proud of yourself for your work advocating for employees at SIUC.

    • No problem, Nicola! If you want to pass it on that we’ve posted the link here, feel free. Hope things are going well upstate, especially with your house guest!

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