- UICUF just released our 2020 Faculty Satisfaction Survey to all bargaining unit members. Check your email for an invitation to participate.
- This survey will help us track faculty satisfaction and contract implementation around key issues.
- SAVE THE DATE: Our Spring Membership Meeting is 3:30-5pm, Wednesday, 2/26/20.
- Email us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com if you did not receive a survey link, and/or to RSVP to the member meeting!
A Survey About Satisfaction, and Our Contract
While you may expect to see surveys from the union leading up to contract negotiations, gauging satisfaction and the effectiveness of contract implementation in between bargaining is equally important. We’ve just released a survey to help us better understand how faculty are feeling about the university and UICUF, and to learn if hard-won rights now enshrined in our contract are actually being implemented.
The survey asks questions in three broad categories: Physical facilities, academic freedom, and shared governance. Appropriate facilities, whether that be convenient lactation areas or simply clean and functional classrooms, can have a major impact on the working environment of faculty, and the learning environment for students. Meanwhile, Academic Freedom is critical to all we say and do in our classrooms, research and service. UICUF is committed to gathering more information so we can effectively push back on any erosion of this important right. Finally, shared governance is a cornerstone of academic decision-making, and is now also a cornerstone of how our contract is implemented, making it’s even and appropriate application even more important. We want to encourage faculty to think about these issues, and whether your rights are being taken seriously, so we can make a candid assessment of whether things are improving, or need more work.
Spring Membership Meeting
As we do each semester, we will be holding a Spring Membership meeting, from 3:30-5pm, Wednesday, February 26th, at Hull House, followed by a reception. You must be a member to attend, but faculty can join at the door if they wish to participate.
This semester we’ll be discussing advocacy campaigns here at UIC, the UI system, and the state legislature. We’ll also have more information about the upcoming UICUF Officer Elections, and will consider proposals for updating dues reduction rules that affect our lowest paid members. We hope you’ll join us for the meeting, and stay for a reception with light refreshments afterwards!
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