FAQs Have Arrived

DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 441

Well, orange juice and lots of sleep seems to have fixed me right up (at least mostly)! So, we’ll be back to our regularly programmed blogging.

First of all, I’m pleased to announce a new link we have to a lot of information about why our unions are talking about a strike and what a strike might involve. Got questions about insurance? Want to know what picketing is like? This is the page to go to! Keep in mind, please, this is mostly a generalized FAQ, applicable to people represented by all four unions. If you have a question you want answered that are missing, or one you think might only apply to your union and not the others, leave a comment and let us know! I’ll try and get you an answer ASAP.

On other news, two interesting articles came out today:
New Approach to Cuts [Inside Higher Ed]
Apparently a new research report shows that the overall trend in the recession (through 2009) has been for colleges and universities has been to cut administration while increasing spending in instruction and student services.

Of course, that report also shows another side, which the Chronicle of Higher Education’s article highlights: the funding increases are coming from the highly increased student tuition and fees.

Speaking of funding, the Daily Egyptian has an article today about the changes performance funding are bringing, namely that each department/college is going to have to justify hiring. The underlying point that may be important here isn’t just the new policy of enrollment = hires but that the administration is further consolidating power and taking the faculty voice and vote out of the equation.

We do live in interesting times.

Upcoming Events:
A Meeting of the Faculty Association Membership has been scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Lawson 171. The purpose of the Membership Meeting is to provide the latest information on bargaining, what is at stake in negotiations, the strike alternative, and strike readiness. Proposals that have been presented at the bargaining table and other information can be found now at the FA’s bargaining information site: http://siucfa.wordpress.com/bargaining-information/. More information about bargaining and strike actions will be sent over the next couple of days.

Struggles in Steel: The Fight for Equal Opportunity, over 70 African-American steel workers speak about their struggles for fair treatment during both their 125-year industry as well as after shutdown
A part of the labor film series sponsored by the SIUC Labor Coalition
Sunday September 18, 2pm
Admission is free and family is welcome!

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