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What happened at the bargaining table March 9?
We submitted over a thousand signatures in support of multi-year contracts, gathered from faculty both on and off the tenure track, students, and community members. Nonetheless, the Administration again said no to multi-year contracts. When they flatly rejected our proposal, our Lead Negotiator Kay Emmert requested mediation.
Why did we request mediation?
Over the last 21 months there have been many instances of “surface bargaining” by the Administration. Surface bargaining means that sessions are spent talking in circles, instead of hammering out differences. A federal mediator is a neutral third party assigned to help both parties reach agreement. Requesting mediation is also a required step before a strike. If we all work together and put as much public pressure as possible on the Administration, we may be able to avoid this measure. However, with other unions on campus we’ve seen that no one wins a contract without a fight.
What can I do as an individual member?
Participate in NTFC actions as they are scheduled. Bring your colleagues and allies. Talk people in your networks (church, community groups, etc.) about what is happening and how it makes you feel. Ask if they will attend actions with you and publicly show their support. Join the Action Committee to help plan and coordinate the actions that will lead us to a win. Email: Christina De Angelo, email@example.com.
Can International faculty get involved?
All workers in the US have the right to become members of unions and take part in work actions. However, there are certain actions that may put faculty here on visas at higher risk. We can discuss ways you can stand with your colleagues that put you at lower risk.
And remember…we are the University of the Illinois.
In fighting for this contract, we are laying the groundwork for a brighter future for the whole University, but especially for students, families, and the community around us. We are also our union. Once we win this contract, our union will be more secure and we can put our organizing muscle into challenges facing higher education around the state.