Lining the hallway to greet Board of Trustees as they enter their meeting March 16, 2016
Christina De Angelo (left), Instructor of Spanish, delivered 600+ postcards to the Board of Trustees. The secretary thanked us for our professionalism. That’s right, we’re professionals. #faircontractnow
5 times we asked to address the Board, 5 times they said no! Don’t silence faculty! — with Sara Miriam.
Bright and early Wednesday morning dozens of NTFC members gathered at the Illini Union to greet members of the Board of the Trustees as they entered their March meeting. While the BOT was in closed session, we marched silently through the quad, returning to the room for the open comment period.
Repeatedly silenced by the Administration, who have “no interest” in our work conditions, we took silence as today’s theme. We stood in silent protest in the meeting until the Secretary of the Board took delivery of over 600 postcards signed by members and supporters, explaining why NTFC needs a contract, now. Wednesday’s action was symbolic and strong, but don’t expect us to fade away quietly–chances are good that next time, we will make some noise.
As we enter into mediation at the end of the month, we will be holding silent marches, as well as tabling, to inform and involve faculty, staff, students and the community in our fight for a fair contract.