DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 405
DAYS UNTIL THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR: 13
For those of you who might be interested in the travel to Springfield: Forum to discuss public pensions [State Journal-Register]
On Friday in Springfield there will be a forum, “Potential Changes to Public Pensions,” beginning at 8am by the Citizens Club of Springfield at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Presenters include Dan Hankiewicz of the legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability; Tyrone Fahner, civic committee of the Commercial Club in Chicago (you might remember him as one of the three signers of the press release putting off pension reform until the veto session); and Henry Bayer, AFSCME Council 31. Panelists include Timothy Blair, State Retirement Systems; Collin Hitt, Illinois Policy Institute; Richard Ingram, Teachers Retirement System; Cinda Klickna, Illinois Education Association; Eric Madiar, Office of the Illinois Senate President; and Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield.
I hope that there’s forums like this all over the state (including us in the “deep downstate”) but I wouldn’t necessarily count on it.
Setback in Drive to Unionize Michigan Research Assistants [Inside Higher Ed]
“The Michigan Employment Relations Commission ruled 3-0 on Monday that there was no reason to reverse a 1981 ruling that research assistants are not employees and are thus not entitled to unionize.” Essentially, even though the University of Michigan was fine with allowing research assistants to organize (which is how SIUC managed to get RAs into our union), someone challenged it and the the Employment Relations Commission ruled against them. The union is still planning to hold the election.
Also, Michigan Cuts 30,000 College Students From State’s Food-Aid Program [Chronicle of Higher Education]
Ouch. That’s a lot of people, most who probably aren’t the “typical” undergraduate (18-22 years old, fresh out of high school, middle class family) who will have to worry about tuition, fees, books, housing, and now food. I can see a pretty significant grade drop in the fall to go along with this.
Finally, the Southern has published a couple of letters to the editor today, one about the reports of athletic spending and one of mine in response to the editorial about fair pay pickets.