16 Dec Bargaining Update
- Management offers a 2-year contract with disappointing content
- Last bargaining session of 2022: Today, December 16, 3-5, SCW 206 and via zoom.
- Please volunteer to be a picket captain or join the organizing committee
All contract articles were in management’s court in advance of our meeting with them Monday the 12th. They returned to us a proposed two-year contract with minimum salaries below those of CPS and the City Colleges, along with a cumulative pay raise of 8.5%, which would barely cover the inflation we experienced the past year. They continue to reject our proposals to strengthen job security for NTT faculty, ensure administrative accountability in shared governance, improve mental health services to our students, and clarify intellectual property rights, among other things. They did not respond to our latest proposal for progressive discipline for TT faculty.
On a positive note, we signed a tentative agreement on Article IV, Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment. Management agreed to include language regarding bullying. A definition of bullying and a policy to address it have not yet been developed by the university, though at the system level work on this is underway, and when a definition and policy are established, they will be enforceable under our contract.
Join Us Today
Our last bargaining session of 2022 will be today, December 16, 3-5, SCW 206 and via zoom. We will be providing counters to at least some of the proposals management gave us Monday, and will be looking forward to management providing additional responses to articles remaining in their court.
No future sessions are scheduled at this time, but depending upon how Friday’s session goes, we may meet again on January 5 and/or 6, before classes resume. We will let you know next week what the plans are for early January bargaining.
Pulling off a strong strike takes input from everyone. We’re asking union members to sign up to be picket captains and to join an organizing committee that will help plan actions each day of a potential strike. These are crucial roles to help union leaders and staff prepare for a strike and to help mobilize other union members to participate. If you would like to discuss these roles, or other ways you might contribute to our organizing, please reach out to us at UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com.
The UIC UF Bargaining team
Xochitl Bada (Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies) | Aaron Krall (Senior Lecturer, English) | Andy Baker (Clinical Assistant Professor, Music) | Anna Kornbluh (Professor, English) | Becky Bonarek (Lecturer, Tutorium in Intensive English) | Charitianne Williams (Senior Lecturer, English) | Gosia Fidelis (Associate Professor, History) | Ian Collins (Clinical Assistant Professor, Daley Library) | Jim Drown (Senior Lecturer, English) | Jeff Gore (Senior Lecturer, English) | Kate Floros (Clinical Associate Professor, Political Science) | Kate Lowe (Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy) | Kevin O’Brien (Clinical Associate Professor, Library of the Health Sciences) | Laurie Quinn (Clinical Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing Science) | Nicole Nguyen (Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies) | Paul Preissner (Professor, Architecture)