Days without a contract: 489.
8:00 PM Wednesday: General Four Local Solidarity Rally
Attending this meeting is the best way to get the latest news and to find out how you can help in the event a strike goes forward. We all still hope a strike can be avoided, but the best way to end a strike quickly would be to start it strong. If you can’t make the meeting, check this website for the latest updates, and be prepared to come join us at the picket line Thursday morning. If there’s a strike, we’ll be at the major entrances to campus bright and early.
This would be an excellent time to review the Strike FAQ found on this site. Faculty (and others) may find additional useful information on the FA’s Strike FAQ page. Striking workers could be denied access to SIUC email accounts (and presumably other things one accesses via DAWG tag, including the library) and could also be locked out of offices. And any materials instructors leave in their offices (or online) could be used by a strikebreaker hired to teach your class. So consider the following:
- Make sure your union has a way to get in touch with you from off campus — a non-SIU email and off-campus phone number.
- If you plan to elect COBRA coverage, make sure the university has the correct off-campus mailing address for you. For more on COBRA, see the 4-local COBRA page: https://siucunions.wordpress.com/strike-faqs/cobra-specific-questions/.
- Strip office computers of files a strikebreaker could use.
- Be prepared to do without your SIUC email. Get an alternative email account if you do not already have one. To set up a free gmail account (in addition to your SIUC account), try this link: Sign up for Gmail | mail.google.com. Prepare an “out of the office” message on your SIU email, perhaps with an alternate way to contact you.
- Prepare to shut down any website that could provide assistance to someone teaching your class. (If you created such materials as part of your normal preparations for class, they are your intellectual property.)