Board ensures strike continues

Here’s  press release the FA has just released.  The strike will continue Tuesday.

Board departs negotiations after revising proposal

 At 5:17 pm on Monday November 7, the SIUC administration’s bargaining team presented the Faculty Association’s negotiating team with a revised proposal on all remaining items at dispute.  The administration’s team then informed the FA team that they were departing for the evening and wished to resume negotiations Tuesday morning. The FA’s bargaining team will return to bargaining with the administration team Tuesday.

The following statement may be attributed to FA spokesperson Dave Johnson.

“While we will seriously consider the board team’s revised offer, we are extremely disappointed that they have broken off negotiations this evening.  Their premature departure ensures that the strike by faculty on the SIUC campus will continue at least one more day.  The faculty team will work through the evening to prepare for negotiations and be ready to meet with the BOT team Tuesday morning.”


List of Events

I am just trying to use this post to collect all the different events going on today:

12pm: a visiting professor from Mizzou was scheduled to perform “The Masses Performing Bohemia” who is refusing to cross the picket line. Instead, the performance will happen ON the picket line in front of Anthony Hall!
Student Strike and Rally starting at Anthony Hall at 3:30

Bargaining is going on all day in the Student Center. If you get a chance, stop by the Wabash room and let the bargaining team you appreciate their efforts.

As I get information on other events, I’ll add it to the list.

FATV and Meeting Reminder

SIUC Faculty Association Strike – Day 2 from Faculty Association on Vimeo.

I received this fantastic video last night. It really cuts through the issues and provides some nice perspectives from people on the line. Thanks to the hard work of the “FATV” group (whose names I will add to this post after I doublecheck all crediting) on getting this completed.

For all faculty, don’t forget there’s a meeting open to the entire bargaining unit TONIGHT at 5pm at the Carbondale Civic Center.

I’m also adding a few more letters of support for the FA and their fight for fairness later today (when I get to a computer with less email formatting issues), including a letter from the National Education Association’s President Dennis Van Roekel. The support for the faculty is there. This is a hard but winnable fight — the administration’s willingness to finally return to bargaining is a key sign of that. Keep the pressure up until the faculty are able to do what they really want to be doing: returning to work with a fair tentative agreement!

FA Updates

Randy Hughes, FA President, and Morteza Daneshdoost, the FA’s bargaining chair made two announcements at the after-picketing dinner tonight:

There will be an open meeting for ALL FACULTY, whether you are a FA member or not, SUNDAY at the Carbondale Civic Center, from 5-7pm. Everyone is encouraged to come to get the most up-to-date information about bargaining and the strike.

And, even better, we have real proof that the pressure of pickets, community members calling the Board and the administration, and the strike has been successful so far: the administration just reached out to Morteza Daneshdoost to set up a bargaining session.

The pressure got the administration back to the table to bargain with the FA. Now we turn the heat up so they can get a fair settlement!

Multimedia Galore!

All right, here’s the multimedia I received over the last few hours:

Don't Hate Negotiate

Don't Hate Negotiate

Photos from the picket lines
A group of 40+ students and community members march through the student center in solidarity with the FAU still on strike at SIUC [Youtube]
SIUC student and community protest march [Youtube]

I have reports of about two or three more videos that are supposed to be coming. I’ll add them to this page when I can. If any of you out there have pictures, video, audio, or anything else you’d like to share, leave a comment!

Three Down, One to Go

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:

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!