12 Sep You’re Invited: Member Meeting Thursday
- Join the UICUF fall general member meeting this Thursday! 3-4:30pm at Hull House (800 S. Halsted).
- Bargaining continued this morning. Management has no plans to present an economic counter proposal in the near future.
- Next session: Tuesday, September 20, 12:30-2:30. In person in SCE & on zoom.
In our eleventh bargaining session this morning, the management team finally brought a counter on Article XII, Hours of Work and Commitment. Their counter shows some progress, but we still have a long way to go on the key issue of protecting faculty against workload creep. Management has made no commitments on when they will bring their initial counters on the articles that deal with compensation, reappointment and promotion, discipline and dismissal, or institution commitments to faculty. They explicitly said that they do not intend to present any counter proposal on the economic articles until we’ve made enough progress for them on the non-economic issues. How much progress is enough? They didn’t say, but we won’t see any raises until the contract is settled, and it is clear that management is stalling.
The next bargaining session will be Tuesday, September 20 from 12:30-2:30. We are encouraging all members to come to this session to show management that you’re watching. The management team will not move until we can apply pressure beyond bargaining. Join us in person in the White Oak Room in Student Center East or on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86484958145?pwd=QlJVSUdkWDhQeEF6UkZ6SjhwbzJNQT09.
Member Meeting This Thursday
In the meantime, we want to see all of you at the fall membership meeting this Thursday, Sept 15 from 3 to 4:30pm at Hull House (800 S. Halsted). We will discuss bargaining with union leadership and receive a report from Eastern Michigan Accounting Professor Howard Bunsis on his financial analysis of UIC. Food and drinks will be available outside after the meeting. It is crucially important for union members to come to this meeting to learn more about how to support the bargaining team and what we expect for the semester to come. Those unable to attend in person may request a zoom link by writing to UICUnitedFaculty@gmail.com.