Contract Bargaining

23 May Members Won This Contract – Join the Union Today

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  • Our new contract will benefit just about every faculty member via Raises, PD Funds, Job Security, Workload Protections, and much more.
  • Active union membership won this contract and protects these gains.
  • Joining the union makes your voice heard. Our union works because faculty step up!

 

Our New Union Contract: Everyone Wins
Our new union contract, won through vigorous and sustained engagement by UICUF members, has something in it for everyone. Whether you are being brought up to the new minimum salaries for your rank, benefitting from merit raises, or receiving compression/equity adjustments, nearly every faculty member will get a meaningful salary increase. Everyone will also enjoy access to new PD funds, and real protections against workload increases without pay increases. Many NTT faculty will enjoy greater job security in the form of longer contracts and augmented due process protections. In short, there are benefits in this contract that will touch every faculty member in our bargaining unit. You can review more of these in summary, or in full at your leisure.

Our Union Works (Because Faculty Step Up)!
Faculty will enjoy the benefits of a robust contract over the next several years because so many chose to join the union as members and work for a better outcome. Administration’s opening offer, which they clung to for nearly half-a-year, was to give faculty nothing. No guaranteed raises, no improved job security, no workload protections, nothing. Our members fought to change that paradigm – and won!

Our members also allow us to effectively enforce the contract we’ve won. Union members are the alarm when administrators violate or try to work around contract provisions, and members’ dues provide the resources for union staff and legal counsel to fight back. Even after the contract is won, a strong membership ensures that administration actually abides by the agreements they’ve made.

There is No Better Time to Join the Union
For faculty who are not union members, there is no better time to join. Salary increases  from just the first year of the contract (retroactive to the ‘18-’19 academic year), will easily cover the 1% union dues in perpetuity, while your salary will continue to grow. Even though contract negotiation is over, it takes a robust network of members to participate in productive and effective contract implementation. And of course we will be back at the bargaining table in just three years!

Please consider joining the union as a member today, so that we can continue building on the strength that won us our latest contract. Our website has information about membership, and a downloadable application which you can print/sign/scan and send back to us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com. You can also contact faculty representatives from each college if you have questions.

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We issue regular updates via email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and here on our website. We encourage everyone to like and follow us on social media. If you want to contribute your story, pictures, video, or other content related to the activities of the union, email us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com. With your support, we are making UIC an even better place to work and learn!

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13 May Faculty Contracts Signed!

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As of today, May 13, 2019, UIC United Faculty’s new contracts for Tenure and Non-Tenure track faculty have been signed! Both contracts, which outline pay and working conditions for faculty from August 16, 2018 (retroactive) to August 15, 2022, are now in full effect.

You can download the two contracts here:
Non-Tenure Track System Faculty (2018-2022)
Tenure Systen Faculty (2018-2022)

We also previously published guidance on execution of the shared governance aspects of the contract, especially those related to pay raises. You can find that guidance here:

Post: everything-you-need-to-know-about-raises/

We’re very excited for the improvements over previous contracts, especially in reinforcing shared governance principles at UIC, strengthening protections for NTT faculty, and of course, guaranteeing significant raise pools (2% Merit, 2% Compression/Equity) for our members over the next 4 years!

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We issue regular updates via email, FacebookTwitterYouTube, and here on our website. We encourage everyone to like and follow us on social media. If you want to contribute your story, pictures, video, or other content related to the activities of the union, email us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com. With your support, we are making UIC an even better place to work and learn!

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02 May UICUF Members Ratify New 4 Year Contract

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  • UICUF members voted almost unanimously (99%) to ratify a new 4-year contract
  • Faculty won significant improvements on pay and working conditions
  • Contract now goes to administration for signing
  • Some issues not addressed by the contract will be brought to the Faculty Senate


Faculty Approve a New Contract
After nearly a year of bargaining, faculty and administration negotiators reached a tentative agreement on contract terms last Monday, averting a potentially disruptive strike near the end of the academic year. The agreement, hailed as a major win for faculty by our bargaining team and leadership, requires approval by all parties involved before taking full effect. This week, UICUF members gave that approval via a ratification election, in which voters signalled near-unanimous (99%) support for the deal.

Contract Highlights
The contract is a 4-year agreement, covering the 2018-19 academic year retroactively, and continuing through August, 2022. Union members will enjoy significant improvements to both pay and working conditions during its implementation. You can listen to UICUF President, Janet Smith, and Bargaining Chair, Aaron Krall, discuss the contract at length in this extended interview by UIC Radio host and faculty member Kate Floros. Here are some highlights from the agreement:

In bread-and-butter financial terms, we’ve won:

  • 4% raise pools (2% merit, 2% compression/equity) for each year of the contract
  • Increased minimum salary from $42K to $50k, and established salary floors for all ranks
  • $600 increases in professional development funds for all faculty

 

In terms of workplace rights, we’ve won:

  • Workload protections rooted in strengthened shared governance processes
  • A faster pathway to longer multi-year contracts, and earlier reappointment notifications for NTT faculty
  • Fair and transparent steps for positive progressive discipline


Next Steps
The contract will now go to the university’s administration to sign. This should be a straightforward process, but the union will monitor to ensure timely action. It is our hope that administration will act quickly to sign the agreement, so that new rules can be implemented, and retroactive raise pools can be distributed.

There are several issues we had hoped to address through the contract, but which appeared to be more appropriately brought up in the UIC Senate. These issues include:

  • The possibility for NTT faculty to apply for sabbaticals
  • Creating Teaching Professor ranks analogous to those used at UIUC
  • A transparent and actionable process for addressing academic freedom violations

 

UICUF will continue to pursue these issues in the coming weeks and months, as we simultaneously work to inform members of new rights, and ensure implementation of contract provisions by administrators. Faculty are encouraged to contact us via UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com if you have any questions about the new contract!

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We issue regular updates via email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and here on our website. We encourage everyone to like and follow us on social media. If you want to contribute your story, pictures, video, or other content related to the activities of the union, email us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com. With your support, we are making UIC an even better place to work and learn!

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24 Apr Contract Synopsis and Ratification Information

Tentative Agreement
As was announced Monday afternoon, the UICUF bargaining team signed a tentative agreement with administration, effectively ending negotiations, and locking in terms that will now go to union membership for ratification. The bargaining team has secured a very good contract.

Our members received an earlier synopsis prior to the agreement being finalized. The contract we’ve tentatively agreed to does contain some additional provisions, which are detailed below. We have secured retro-pay for all and an agreement to apply any compression and equity increases for someone eligible to be raised to a minimum after rather than before. The contract period is August 16, 2018 to August 15, 2022.

Ratification Meetings and Voting
UICUF will hold meetings this week where members can see the full contract, hear from the bargaining committee, ask questions, and vote for or against the whole contract. Additional ratification voting will take place next Monday and Tuesday. Union members should plan to attend and vote at one of the following times/locations:

Thursday 4/25:
– East Campus Ratification Meeting 11-12:15 @Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Rm 145
– West Campus Ratification Meeting 3:30-5 @Student Center West, Thompson A

Friday 4/26:
– 2nd East Campus Ratification Meeting 4-5:30 @BSB 145

Monday 4/29 – Tuesday 4/30:
– Voting stations open 10-5 @University Hall, Science Engineering Offices Bldg, Public Health. Copies of the contract will be available to review at these sites.

Unfortunately, we cannot make the contract publicly available in electronic format before it is voted on (ratified). A thorough synopsis compiled by our team is below for those who can’t make the meetings.

If you want to vote by proxy, please email your proxy, CC’ing uicunitedfaculty@gmail.com with the following statement: “I hereby designate __________  as my proxy in the UICUF Contract Ratification Vote of April 25 – 30. This individual will be empowered to cast a ballot on my behalf.” Your proxy should bring a copy of this statement in print or on their phone to the polls when they vote. 

In solidarity,

Janet Smith
President
UIC United Faculty 

 

Contract Synopsis

Economic
4% raise pools in each year of the contract, with 2% in merit pools and 2% in compression and equity pools in each year. Note that if the campus salary program is bigger for merit pools we get that amount but if smaller we still get the 2%.

Raise the minimum salary for NTT faculty to $50,000 (up from $42,000) and establish minimums at three ranks for NTT and TT faculty.

  • $50,000 for Lecturers, Instructors, Clinical and Research Assistant Professors
  • $55,000 for Senior Instructors, Senior Lecturers, Clinical and Research Associate Professors
  • $60,500 for Clinical and Research Professors
  • $65,000 for Tenure-Track Assistant Professors
  • $71,500 for Tenured Associate Professors
  • $78,650 Tenured Full Professors

Increase annual professional development funds by $600, totaling $1,200 for NTT faculty and $1,500 for TT faculty.

Computer program will continue to provide new computers every four years at a cost of up to $1,500 and will now also cover the cost of extended warranties for the life of the computers.

Trigger to reopen the contract if the state unilaterally increases our health insurance premiums by more than 50% during the life of the contract (which would be equivalent to about 1% of a person’s salary).

Equity and Due Process
Transparent process for reappointment of NTT faculty in academic unit bylaws.

Citizenship status and expression of gender identity added as protected categories to non-discrimination article.

Committees to review campus lactation policy and gender-neutral restrooms.

All faculty with appointments of 51% or greater will be immediately in the bargaining unit, removing the requirement for NTT faculty to have a terminal degree or 2-year waiting period.

Shorter timeline for multi-year contracts: 2-year contract after 4 years of employment; 3-year contract after 6 years of employment.

A commitment by the Provost to bring the issue of extending the maximum length of NTT contracts to five years to the Faculty Senate (this may require changes in the statutes).

Earlier final notification of reappointment for NTT faculty, no later than July 16th (maintain June 1 as first notice).

Inclusion of Teaching Professor Ranks if Statutes revised by Faculty Senate.

Close loophole allowing the discontinuation of programs by ending admissions to the program.

Transparent steps for discipline based on just cause for NTT faculty during term of contract.

All settlements of disputes outside of the grievance process must be consistent with the terms of the contract.

Working Conditions
Written job expectations developed through shared governance at the unit level for all faculty members, including teaching load, with changes during term of contract only by mutual agreement of department and faculty member.

Commitment to annual evaluation of all NTT and TT faculty.

Student evaluation cannot be used in isolation to evaluate faculty.

Commitment to increase number of faculty to meet needs of growing student body and commitment to hiring TT faculty to maintain the university’s research mission.

Classroom support, including technology and access to printing, will be available at least 30 minutes before all scheduled classes and extended in the evening.

Intellectual property rights as provided in the UI Statutes will be subject to grievance and arbitration.

A commitment by the Provost to bring the issue of sabbaticals for NTT faculty to the Faculty Senate.

Stronger commitment to providing offices for all TT and NTT faculty members

Regular updates on campus security.

Union Rights
Process for membership cards, dues collection, and bargaining unit reporting post-Janus.

Policies to allow tabling at faculty orientation, course buyouts for union officers, and notification of exclusive representation to bargaining unit members.

Recognition of UICUF’s Committee on Political Education (COPE), and process for payroll deduction for contributions

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23 Apr Faculty to Vote on Contract After Reaching Tentative Agreement

  • UICUF reached a tentative agreement on contracts, narrowly averting a strike
  • Contract must be ratified by membership, signed by the BOT before taking effect
  • Ratification meetings and ratification voting to be held on both campuses

Faculty negotiators have been at the bargaining table with the administration for nearly a year now, trying to forge the fair contract that our members and UIC students deserve. As of Monday afternoon, we believe we have won that contract. Team members signed a tentative agreement with administration, effectively ending negotiations, and locking in terms that will now go to union membership and the UI Board of Trustees for ratification.

UICUF will hold meetings this week where members can see the full contract, hear from the bargaining committee, ask questions, and vote on ratification. Additional ratification voting will take place next Monday and Tuesday. Faculty should plan to attend and vote at one of the following times/location:

Thursday 4/25:
East Campus Ratification Meeting 11-12:15 @BSB 145
West Campus Ratification Meeting 3:30-5 @SCW Thompson A

Friday 4/26:
2nd East Campus Ratification Meeting 4-5:30 @BSB 145

Monday 4/29 – Tuesday 4/30:
Voting stations open 10-5 @UH, SEO, Public Health.

We believe we have secured the best possible contract for our members in this round of negotiations, but it has become clear that more work lies ahead. As long as the underlying funding formula for the UI system remains as it is today, UIC students and the educators who serve them will continue to be shortchanged. As we’ve seen so many times since forming this union of UIC faculty, it’s never too early to start looking at the next challenge ahead.

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23 Apr Press Release: UIC Faculty Win Contract, Avoid Strike

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Workplace rights and increased minimum salaries among key wins for union

CHICAGO – After nearly a year of bargaining, the union representing University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) faculty have reached a tentative contract agreement with the administration. Faculty previously authorized a strike, which would have begun tomorrow.

Aaron Krall, bargaining committee co-chair for UIC United Faculty (UICUF), said, “This contract will create an improved work environment for our faculty, and improved learning conditions for our students.”

The union secured key wins in this agreement, including increased minimum salaries and greater job protections for non-tenure track faculty.

“I am particularly excited about new policy protections for our Non-Tenure System faculty, who are integral to the teaching, research and service at UIC. This contract represents significant wins in an ongoing fight for the resources needed to fulfill UIC’s mission,” said Janet Smith, UICUF president.

The contract contains a 4 percent total raise pool per year, and includes specific funds set aside to target faculty equity and compression, which has increased in recent years due to a decade of underfunded salaries. The remainder of the pool is awarded for merit and will be distributed to faculty based on yearly performance reviews.

Kevin Whyte, bargaining committee co-chair, said, “The bargaining process has revealed systematic problems in how UIC is funded. We plan on working to correct these issues in future years.”

Over 90 percent of UIC students are Illinois residents. More than 70 percent of our students remain in Illinois after graduation, contributing to UIC’s position as an economic powerhouse in the state. UIC directly contributes $7.6 billion per year to the state economy (or 1 percent of the state’s gross product).

The UIC United Faculty (Local 6456) represents all full-time tenure and non-tenure track faculty at UIC. UICUF is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

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18 Apr Bargaining Update 4-17-19

Dozens of members observe bargaining between UICUF and UIC Administration.Dozens of members observe bargaining between UICUF and UIC Administration.

  • UICUF negotiators win longstanding proposal strengthening progressive discipline protections
  • Merit raise figures and protections for NTT reappointment remain outstanding issues that must be settled to avert a strike next week
  • Bargaining:  Tomorrow, 2:30-5pm, at Student Center East, White Oak Room AB
  • Sign up for picket line shifts here

We cleared some issues off the table today at bargaining, including one of our earliest proposals strengthening positive progressive discipline procedure with clear steps and protections for NTT faculty. Both sides also moved closer on merit raises. UICUF negotiators proposed a 2%|4%|4% merit schedule over three years, and admin countered by moving on this issue for the first time since bargaining began, offering 2%|2%|2%.

The new willingness by admin to move on merit comes with just one scheduled bargaining session left before a potential faculty strike next week. This is a trend in the right direction, but final merit raise figures are still under serious debate, and we are also still seeking stronger reappointment protections for our NTT faculty.

Bargaining will resume tomorrow, 2:30-5pm, at Student Center East, White Oak Room AB. Again, this is the last currently scheduled session before a potential strike next week, so members are highly encouraged to attend, observe, participate in critical caucusing with the team, and make strike signs.

Lastly, with the strong possibility that a strike could be called next week, we have set up a picket sign-up form. Members should sign up for as many shifts as they are able to attend if a strike is called, in lieu of your usual work activities.

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Our strike hashtags are #UICFacultyStrike #FairContractNow #Solidarity.

Until we win a fair contract, we will be issuing regular updates via email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and here on our website. We encourage everyone to like and follow us on social media. If you want to contribute your story, pictures, video, or other content related to the activities of the union, email us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com. With your support, we can make UIC an even better place to work and learn!

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17 Apr Bargaining Update 4-16-19

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In bargaining today, we came willing to move on most of the non-economic issues still left unsettled, in the hope that we could reach agreements and move closer to finishing these negotiations. For a final deal to be reached, though, administration will need to move on merit and the NTT reappointment process. On these core issues, we have seen no meaningful movement on management’s side.

Tomorrow, we will be back for another round of negotiations, and discussion of the money proposals still in play. If you haven’t been to a bargaining session, now is a great time to see the process at work. All members joining us will have the opportunity to participate in our caucuses between negotiating with the admin team.

Tomorrow’s bargaining session will be from 1-4pm, at Student Center East, Ft. Dearborn Room. The session will be followed by a guest lecture from distinguished labor activist and organizer, Jane McAlevey, 4-6pm at the UIC Institute for Humanities, 701 S Morgan St.

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Our strike hashtags are #UICFacultyStrike #FairContractNow #Solidarity.

Until we win a fair contract, we will be issuing regular updates via email, FacebookTwitterYouTube, and here on our website. We encourage everyone to like and follow us on social media. If you want to contribute your story, pictures, video, or other content related to the activities of the union, email us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com. With your support, we can make UIC an even better place to work and learn!

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28 Mar Bargaining, Mediation, and Strike Developments

Faculty and Grad Workers picket together as our unions negotiate for fair contracts. Photography by Soohyun Kim.

Faculty and Grad Workers picket together as our unions negotiate for fair contracts. Photography by Soohyun Kim.

  • UICUF met with Admin under federal mediation, offered a new comprehensive proposal
  • Proportional moves narrow gaps in negotiating positions, but major differences remain
  • Faculty continue to support GEO strike as we contemplate our own strike authorization  
  • Contact your College Rep to weigh-in/learn more about potential strike authorization vote
  • UIC GEO Rally: Joint faculty/grad action Mon, 12-1pm, 4/1 @East Campus Quad


A New Phase of Negotiations
UICUF and Administration negotiators met with a federal mediator for the first time this Tuesday, marking a new phase in faculty contract negotiations. Mediation is typically sought as a way to continue making progress when negotiations become more difficult or contentious. The mediator’s role is to act as a neutral third party, while helping to broker an agreement both sides can live with.

In this first meeting with the mediator, we presented the Admin team with a newly updated comprehensive proposal, covering every outstanding article under negotiation, to get the ball rolling. Within this proposal, we:

  • Moved proportionally on raise pools (down 1% from 2nd year merit pools in return for Admin coming up .5% on 2nd and 3rd year Compression & Equity pools)
  • Replaced contract language creating a 3rd rank for Instructors/Lecturers with a side letter agreeing to reopen the issue, pursuant to Senate consideration of the subject
  • Agreed to Admin commitment on limiting the use of student evaluations in isolation

 

Admin acknowledged our movement largely without comment, and did not offer any other movement of their own in this session, leaving the ball in their court on all outstanding proposals. As such, no new articles where TA’d, and despite narrowing gaps in several areas, our key positions remain far apart, especially on compensation. In addition to fair raise pools, faculty are seeking protections for health/retirement benefits, a commitment to hire new tenure-line faculty, and clear procedures for discipline, dismissal and addressing academic freedom violations.

GEO Strike Continues, Faculty Strike Vote Remains Under Consideration
Our grad worker colleagues remain on strike as Administration refuses to discuss limits on student fees or other money issues. Grads have garnered a major influx of support, both internally from departmental faculty and student resolutions, and externally from national groups and Bernie Sanders. Faculty can refer to our Faculty FAQs for information about rights and responsibilities during the strike. UICUF members are encouraged to join the GEO rally at 12pm Monday, 4/1 in the East Campus Quad to show our solidarity.

UICUF organizers and volunteers, meanwhile, are continuing to have one-on-one conversations with colleagues about the potential for our own strike authorization vote. Though negotiations are still fluid at this time, the distance between the two sides, particularly on pay and equity issues, remains large. From the hundreds of conversations we’ve had with faculty thus far, there is a growing concern that a fair contract won’t be reached without putting the possibility of a strike on the table.

As we discussed last week, a strike authorization vote is the first step toward being able to strike, but does not guarantee a strike will happen. Once a strike has been authorized through a vote by the membership, it is up to the bargaining team to decide whether to call it based on what is happening at the table. Authorizing a strike is one of the strongest tools union members have to exert pressure on management at the bargaining table, and it is crucial for every member to vote so that the results are an accurate representation of what the full membership wants. Members and non-members who want to weigh in or learn more, are encouraged to reach out to your College Rep or our Executive Board.

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Until we win a fair contract, we will be issuing regular updates via email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and here on our website. We encourage everyone to like and follow us on social media. If you want to contribute your story, pictures, video, or other content related to the activities of the union, email us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com. With your support, we can make UIC an even better place to work and learn!

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