I apologize about the lack of information/more comprehensive posts over the last couple of days. Your blogging team was either pretty tied up in bargaining (Wednesday) or dealing with getting the strike organized and running (Thursday). So there’s a lot of information and links to report out today!
Obviously, the university managed to reach and compromise with three of the four IEA-NEA unions: the Association of Civil Service Employees, Graduate Assistants United, and the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association. The reports I hear from the FA bargaining team really sound like they administration was really unwilling to do the same thing with them.
But the support we’ve got from non-SIU unions, from the community, from people nationally, is phenomenal. I added a page (which you can find up in the menu) to start collecting messages of support and other places you can leave them. So if you have well-wishes you’d like to give — there’s where to go!
Apparently there’s also a rally in the works: Solidarity Rally for the striking SIUC Faculty Association. This will be at the Carbondale town square (Northeast corner of E. Main St. (ILL Rte 13) & N. Illinois Ave. (US Rte 51)) from 12-3pm. I also heard there might be another student organized solidarity rally on Monday but I don’t have specific information on that; I’ll provide it when I have it.
Sigma Tau Delta, which is an English honor society, posted this on GAUnited’s Facebook page yesterday:
To show support for our faculty, as President of the Rho Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, I have contacted a local t-shirt company regarding the purchase of maroon t-shirts with white lettering with the following message, “I (symbol of heart) SIU-C Faculty”.
Marsha L. Griffiths
Rho Delta Chapter
Sigma Tau Delta
If you’d like one, please email her with your size at: email@example.com.
There’s also Occupy SIUC, which seems to have a really good “on the ground” list of things happening on campus (I’m actually working at strike HQ today). So that’s a blog to watch!
Feel free to comment or send me more information of events as you hear about them!