DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 487
Below you’ll find a news release put out by Carbondale City Council Member Jane Adams on Saturday.
29 October 2011
CARBONDALE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JANE ADAMS IN SOLIDARITY WITH SIU UNIONS
Carbondale City Council Member Jane Adams has expressed her solidarity with the four SIU unions as the deadline for strike action approaches.
“SIU is Carbondale’s anchor,” Adams said. “A large proportion of our citizens are employed by the university. It is the economic engine for Southern Illinois.”
A majority of these employees are represented by the four unions that, for 16 months, have not had a contract with the university. That is unacceptable. This impasse destabilizes the lives of SIUC’s students and our entire region.
“During the many years I worked at SIU I was first a member the civil service employees union and, later, the Faculty Association. I know how deeply committed these employees are to the students and to the university. I have been through several bargaining cycles and have always known the unions to bargain in good faith.”
Adams said, “It is crucial to our city and to the university that agreement be reached before the strike deadline. But if employees’ reasonable goals are not addressed, their right to refuse to continue to work without a contract must be honored.”