Author: Nick

28 Mar UICUF March for Science

UIC United Faculty endorses and will participate in the Chicago March for Science, a sister march to the Washington, DC, March for Science, planned for April 22, 2017.

The organizing/steering committee of the DC March for Science includes an anthropologist, a physiologist, a health educator, a neuroscientist, an ethnobotanists/indigenous scientist, a science communicator, a pharmacologist, an engineer, and a philosopher of science.

The mission of the March for Science in DC is “to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

The march has been officially endorsed by several organizations, including AAUP, AAAS, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the NY Academy of Science, various professional organizations, and more. See the full list at

Sister marches are planned in hundreds of cities across the country and the world, including Chicago. The mission of the Chicago march is “to show support for the scientific community. To safeguard the scientific process, and research funding, when seeking answers to the things that matter.To publicly celebrate science, which helps us make sense of ourselves and our world. To encourage curiosity and exploration, the heart of the scientific approach.”

UICUF endorses and will participate in the March for Science to foster an environment conducive to science, because:

  • Science is essential for the health of our communities, the safety of our environment, the future of our planet.
  • Science values diversity; diversity enriches sciences.
  • Science is an international pursuit.
  • Science needs to be open and independent.


Adopted by the UICUF Representative Assembly March 1, 2017.

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07 Feb Healthcare Message to Members

Dear UIC United Faculty Member,

As you may recall about a year ago we sent a request to President Killeen regarding our concerns about future increases to the cost of our health care. As a result of our advocacy and working in coalition with the UIC Senate, Academic Professional Advisory Council, and Staff Advisory Council leaders, the President formed a taskforce. After doing research and holding three town hall meetings, a report was produced and recently shared with leadership at all three campuses.

You can find the report at this link:

The Executive Board of UIC United Faculty has reviewed it and find that while it is very informative, it does not indicate what the university will do – if anything – should health care costs increase. For details about how your health costs could go up, see this flyer prepared by the IFT

We will be discussing the options outlined in the report and what strategies we might pursue moving forward at our next full membership meeting, March 8, 3:00-5:00pm at Student Center East.

In the meantime, I encourage you to attend the APAC “Budget Outlook” Town Hall, February 9th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 West Wolcott Avenue.

Also, we informed you in an email January 24th that the Illinois Senate was working on a Budget Grand Bargain, which included cuts to our pension and a smaller budget for higher education. As of today, the 13 bill package has still not come to a vote. However, it may happen this week, so if you have not yet called your state senator to voice your opinion about this, this is the week to do so.

With the support of IFT staff in Springfield and AFT staff in Washington DC, we are watching with a keen eye all legislation that is being considered and the positions of our elected officials. These are certainly interesting times – all the more reason we need a strong union.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me or your representative. You can find contact information on the UICUF website,

In solidarity,

Janet Smith
UIC United Faculty President
Local #6456 AFT-IFT, AAUP, AFL-CIO

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08 May UIUC Non-Tenure Track Ratify Their First Contract!

Great news! Our sister union at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition, Local 6546, (AFT/IFT/AAUP) has ratified its first contract by an overwhelming majority.


UIC United Faculty congratulates NTFC, as well as Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson and Interim Provost Edward Feser, for reaching an agreement that will provide the teaching faculty at UIUC with some modicum of economic security and academic freedom. This collective bargaining agreement represents a significant step forward for the teaching mission of UIUC.


The IELRB recognized NTFC in July 2014. They began bargaining their contract in October 2014.


The new, five-year contract will provide full-time non-tenure-system faculty at UIUC with three-month advance notice rights prior to the beginning of the semester, and one year of extra job security for long-term faculty, beyond the duration of their current one-year contract.


NTFC Communications Chair, Dorothee Schneider, says the contract covers the “most high-priority issues for the union, whose members asked for greater employment security, academic freedom protections and participation in faculty governance.”


The contract, for August 16, 2014 – August 15, 2019, includes an option to reopen the provision on compensation next year (for the 2017-18 year). It includes:

* 2014-15: 2.5% Campus Wage program (merit pool) 2015-16: eligibility for CWP;

* 2016-17: eligibility for CWP and CMER (compression, market, equity, retention) programs;

* 2017-18: $43,000 floor, eligibility for CWP and CMER

* 2018-19: $45,000 floor, eligibility for CWP and CMER Bonus: wage reopener (at union’s request);

* 2-year window for departments to alter their bylaws to include NTTs in faculty governance;

* 2-year window for departments to alter their bylaws to create a clear evaluation system;

* A clear, multi-tier grievance system;

* Rolling 1+1 appointments (for 6th year or above; in effect Fall 2017); and

* Clear reappointment policies (notice by May 1).

Note: multi-year contracts will continue through college policies, and will be encouraged.

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04 Apr UIC Healthcare Concerns

As reported at our membership meeting last month, we drafted and sent in January a joint letter from the UIC Academic Professional Advisory Committee, UIC Faculty Senate, UIC Staff Advisory Council, and UIC United Faculty to President Killeen regarding our serious concerns about anticipated changes in health care costs. These are also concerns of our Chancellor, who has met with the president and other UI chancellors. The response we got was disappointing, taking a “wait and see” approach. Our joint response in a letter sent two weeks ago was to meet as soon as possible, to prepare and develop potential strategies laid out in our initial letter. We are still waiting for a reply but will follow up and keep you informed.  Correspondence between our Coalition and the University is linked below.

Original Letter: Healthcare-UIC Faculty Staff Concerns 1-22-16

Killeen’s Response: Letter from Killeen rcd 3-7-16

CoalitionFollowup: Follow-up Healthcare letter to President Killeen 3-24-16

Killeen Establishing Task Force Killeen Letter to UICUF 4-26-16


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12 Feb Notice of Officer Nominations and Elections

Terms for our current UICUF officers and Reps are expiring soon. Pursuant to our Constitution, nominations are new being accepted for the positions listed below.  Descriptions of the duties of these offices can be found on the nomination forms and under Article VI of our Constitution.

Executive Vice President,
Vice President for Tenure System Faculty,
Vice President for Non-Tenure Track Faculty,
Vice President Chief Steward and;

Seats for each College on the Union’s Representative Assembly
1    –            Applied Health Science
1    –            Architecture & the Arts
1    –            Business Administration
1    –            Education
2    –            Engineering
1    –            Library
1    –            Nursing
2    –            Public Health
1    –            School of Continuing Studies
1    –            Social Work
1    –            Urban Planning & Public Affairs
2    –           /  Natural Sciences
2    –           / Social and Behavioral Sciences
4    –           /  Humanities

Any faculty member who has signed up to be a member is eligible to vote or run for office.

Nominations and endorsements can be submitted on paper or electronically. Links to both are below.

Nomination forms must be submitted to the elections committee by March 14. The election will be conducted April 19-21.

For more details, contact the elections committee or visit our website.


UICUF Elections Committee

Chair, John Shuler       
Jennifer Ashton            
Barbara di Eugenio      
Kim O’Neil                     
Bonnie Saunders          


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06 Feb Free Higher Ed Event

On Thursday, January 28 UICUF hosted a panel discussion in support of free public higher education. We had about 150 attendees join us at Student Center East.

Chicago Public Access TV recorded the discussion for our friends and allies who were not able to make it.

The Speakers (in order) are

Gianna Chacon, IIRon Student Network Leader and Student at Roosevelt University
Kenneth Warren, U of Chicago Professor of English and author of What Was African American Literature?
Walter Benn Michaels, UIC Professor of English and author of The Beauty of a Social Problem
Adolph Reed, Jr., U of Pennsylvania Professor of Political Science and author of Without Justice for All: The New Liberalism and the Retreat from Racial Equality
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, a student leader in the 300,000-strong student protests in Québec and author of a book about the movement, In Defiance.
Jennifer Ashton,(moderator) UIC Associate Professor of English and Vice President Chief Steward of UIC United Faculty

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