Union Solidarity and Activism this week

The conversation starts soon!
Hear about the legislative process and specific ways to advocate for legislation in Springfield.

During this event we will also discuss COPE legislative priorities around additional protections for NTT faculty appointments and begin strategizing for legislative support.

The event is open to all UICUF and COPE members. You can access the event here: tinyurl.com/COPEPeters

Solidarity with Columbia Faculty This Friday

The Columbia College Faculty Union (CFAC), representing the contingent part-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago, is on strike to defend the quality of students’ education and to protect their own job security and working conditions. CFAC members teach 67 percent of courses at the institution and are essential to ensuring that students receive a high-quality education. The administration is planning to eliminate up to 350 courses per year, which will have a direct impact on part-time faculty’s working conditions and students’ learning conditions. The harms posed by class cancellations, increases in class sizes, and other cost-saving measures are real and significant, and the college’s administration has refused to be transparent about the institution’s finances, and shown little interest in working with the union to resolve these issues.

CFAC is seeking a show of solidarity on their picket line from area faculty this Friday, November 3, 9 am to noon at 906 S Michigan Ave. AFT President Randi Weingarten will be the featured speaker at 10. UICUF leadership encourages UICUF members to join the Columbia picket line this Friday, wearing your blue UICUF knit hats from our own strike earlier this year. If you need a hat for Friday, please email UICUF staff, and we will have a hat waiting for you at 609 S. Michigan on Friday morning. You may also donate to their strike fund here.

Solidarity with United Staff of the AAUP

UICUF members should also know that the staff members at the American Association of University Professors, United Staff of the AAUP, are on strike after a year and a half of bargaining with AAUP leadership. This is the first ever strike by AAUP staff. Staff are standing up for equity, financial stability, respect, and a secure future for the AAUP. Bargaining details and updates can be found here. The UICUF Executive Board has written a letter of support to AAUP leadership on behalf of United Staff, and is in dialogue with AAUP leadership and United Staff. The UICUF Executive Board will share opportunities to support United Staff as they become available.