Contract Signed: Implementation and Next Steps

May 14, 2014 | Posted in Contract Updates | By

Union Members and Colleagues:

We are very pleased to report that the Union contract has been executed by representatives of the Union and Board of Trustees as of Friday May 9, 2014. This means that the contract is “in effect” for SURS pension purposes, and we have another year before the caps on salaries go into effect.

We are now working to implement what we all fought so hard to win. Looking ahead to what will happen in the next few weeks:

Elections of officers and representatives: Notice seeking candidates and describing the nominating process will be out in the next few days.

Retroactive pay increases: Academic Units and Departments in every college should now be engaged in efforts to expedite distribution of the pools of retroactive salary for the first two years of the contract. Respecting the shared governance structures in place, we offer some guidance to help with these salary discussions. These are not prescriptive guidelines. Instead, they are meant to help clarify how the contract distinguishes between merit, market equity, or compression.

Salary pool increases guaranteed by the contract:

2012-2013: Total Salary Pool = 2.5% increase for both TT and NTT with 2% of the pool to be used for merit-based increases and 0.5% for market/equity.

2013-2014: Total Salary Pool = 4.25% increase for both TT and NTT with 2.75% of the pool to be used for merit-based increases, 1% for compression and 0.5% for market/equity.

2014-2015: Total salary pool = campus wage plus 1% for equity/ compression for TT and NTT.

In all three years, all faculty in the bargaining unit should expect a 1% minimum increase.

Congratulations on completing the semester and getting a fair contract. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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UICUF Overwhelmingly Votes Yes On First Contract

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Contract Updates | By

Union Members and Colleagues:

Our campaign to build a strong union for full-time faculty is a resounding success.

A super majority of our members voted on the collective bargaining agreement and dues structure. 98% of the TT members voted yes; and 97% NTT members voted yes. The same percentages supported the dues structures.

Over the next few weeks we will work in each of the colleges to assure the contract’s many provisions are fairly and openly implemented, especially in regards to the salary pool distributions.

We all deserve a toast and a celebration this weekend.

The contracts will be posted to the website later this evening.

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Contract Ratification Meetings

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Contract Updates | By

Ratification meetings for members will take place at the Student Center East Tower, Tuesday, April 22, Room 302 from 1pm to 3pm, and Wednesday, April 23, Room 605 from 1pm to 3pm. All members will receive printed contracts at the meeting. Ballots will be accepted at the meetings and at UH, SEO, and SPH on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 from 10am to 3pm. 

If you want to know the content of the contract, please come to the membership meetings. In order to guarantee a fair and open vote on the full contract, the UICUF bargaining committee and the Administration cannot release the details of the contracts until the membership meeting. Only members can attend and vote, but membership cards will be available at the meetings and at the voting stations for those wishing to join the union at this time.

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Strike Averted – UIC United Faculty and UIC Administration Reach Tentative Agreement on First Contracts

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Contract Updates | By

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 16, 2014

Strike Averted — UIC United Faculty and UIC Administration Reach Tentative Agreement on First Contracts

After nearly two years of collective bargaining, UIC United Faculty union (Local 6456) successfully reached a tentative agreement with the University administration on labor contracts for tenure-track and non-tenure track members.  The settlement happened following a two-day work stoppage in mid-February, further threat of an open-ended strike in late April, an appeal for binding arbitration, as well as a massive email and social media campaign to demand a fair contract from University of Illinois President Easter and the Board of Trustees.  Many aspects of faculty work life and professional conditions are dramatically improved under the new agreement.  The contract will extend through next year.  The contract details are embargoed until voted on by union members at the end of next week.

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About UIC UF: Local 6456 (IFT/AFT) is legally recognized to represent all full-time tenured and non-tenured faculty at UIC. It is committed to realizing the mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as a public research university in a democratic society; making sure that every member of the faculty shares in the traditions of shared governance; making the promise of shared governance a reality through the power of collective bargaining; and keeping the principles of academic freedom, free speech and free inquiry central both to our union and our university.

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UIC Faculty Union Votes to Strike if Necessary for a Fair Contract

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Contract Updates | By

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014

CONTACT:

Joe Persky, UICUF President: 312-330-0775 / jjpersky@gmail.com

John A. Shuler, Leader, UICUF Communications Group: 708-870-8763 / johnalfredshuler@gmail.com

Aviva Bowen, Director of Communications, Illinois Federation of Teachers: (773) 350-1869 / abowen@ift-aft.org

UIC Faculty Union Votes to Strike if Necessary for a Fair Contract

University has money to provide faculty with a fair and equitable contract and avoid labor action on April 23

CHICAGO – Last night, members of the University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty (UICUF) voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if current negotiations fail to gain a collective bargaining agreement that sustains the quality of education at the world-class research institution. Talks at the bargaining table have been going on for two years, and the Union conducted a two day strike in mid-February.

“The heart of UIC is its faculty and its students, but the Illinois board of trustees short change them both”, Joe Persky, UICUF president said. “They take more of our students’ tuition money, and even with hundreds of millions in profits each year and more than a billion dollars in reserves, they refuse to pay professors what they’re worth. Many of our faculty who teach our first-year students only make $30,000 a year. The administration’s priorities don’t match our mission, and after trying to negotiate a fair contract for two years, they leave us no choice but to strike again. It’s time for the University to settle this contract now.”

While the union and administration reached agreement on a number of points since the February strike, vital issues remain unresolved. UICUF members are asking the Illinois Board of Trustees to settle the remaining issues through binding arbitration, but University President Bob Easter dismissed the opportunity to resolve the dispute and settle the few remaining differences in this fashion.  In addition,  the administration insists on restricting the “fair share” provision, which is part of every other university union contract currently in force.

“The Union will only strike if the University forces us to do so,” Persky continued.  “We will head back to the bargaining table and try to settle before we take the labor action. We realize it could hurt our students, and hope it does not come to that.  But we are fighting for them as well, and the administration has the money and ability to avoid this disruption.  If there is no serious movement towards resolution at the bargaining table, we will go on strike starting April 23.”

At its core, UICUF fights to preserve UIC’s academic and urban mission as the largest public research institution in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Its faculty members are committed to  providing accessible public higher education to Chicago area residents and demand:
·        A living wage, multi-year contracts, and a clear system of promotion for non-tenure track (NTT) faculty that recognizes their teaching, research and service.
·        A commitment to improve learning conditions for the students.
·        A compensation proposal that can sustain the UIC mission by attracting and retaining best faculty of the and that undoes the disastrous effect of furloughs and salary freezes in the past as well as addresses equity disparities and salary compression.

The University’s false claims about their financial position have been debunked by UICUF.

Contract negotiations with the University continue next week.
 
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About UICUF: Local 6456 (IFT/AFT) is legally recognized to represent all full-time tenured and non-tenured faculty at UIC. It is committed to realizing the mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as a public research university in a democratic society; making sure that every member of the faculty shares in the traditions of shared governance; making the promise of shared governance a reality through the power of collective bargaining; and keeping the principles of academic freedom, free speech and free inquiry central both to our union and our university.

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