09 Dec Bargaining Team And Survey Extension
- Bargaining Team Appointments: Our Executive Board this week officially appointed our new Bargaining Team, including Co-Chairs Aaron Krall (Senior Lecturer, English) and Xochitl Bada Garcia (Associate Professor, Latin American & Latino Studies)!
- Bargaining Survey Extended: The committee has decided to extend the bargaining survey to 12/16 to give as many people as possible a chance to complete it. We have heard from hundreds of our colleagues, but every response matters! Those who haven’t responded may receive an email and/or text reminder this week.
- FAST Fund: We continue to raise money for the FAST Fund, and we are at ~$4,400 raised to help students in need. The Fund has already sent out $5k in the first round of aid offerings, and will do another round in the new year. The fund is volunteer run and all money (minus processing fees) goes directly to UIC students in need.
We are excited to announce that the Bargaining Committee has been officially appointed by our Executive Board, and given the charge of preparing for contract negotiations in the spring semester. Of course, some members of the team have been meeting since October, but we now welcome on board our new Bargaining Co-Chair, Xotchitl Bada Garcia, Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, who will be working alongside our returning Co-Chair, Aaron Krall, Senior Lecturer, English.
It is not too late to join the team! Bargaining is an all-hands process, and we welcome faculty to join us, even if you may not necessarily wish to be at the negotiating table. There are many topics to research and work on, and we encourage broad participation. If you’d like to help with bargaining in any capacity, email UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com and a staffer will get in touch to discuss how you can best apply your efforts!
As a reminder, if you haven’t seen the survey at all, it may have fallen into a Spam or Promotions folder, especially if you use Gmail. If you’ve checked there, and still can’t find the link, email us and we’ll troubleshoot getting you the survey ASAP.
If you have trouble accessing the survey, email us ASAP at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com
As a reminder, the survey is completely anonymous and results will be used in aggregate to inform our bargaining positions. On average, members have needed just 17 minutes to complete the survey.
FAST Fund Update
We are continuing our fund drive to support UIC students in need through our new FAST Fund, which distributes small amounts of quick cash for emergency expenses. We are now at $4,400 (at the time of this writing), and are so grateful to all the members who have contributed so far!
You can donate to the FAST fund here if you would like to help: https://givebutter.com/uic.
A new round of aid will be distributed in the new year, and we will let you know when applications will open again so that you can inform your students!
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