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UIC Faculty Call Attention to Crisis in University Leadership

11/07/2013
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November 7, 2013

UIC Faculty Call Attention to Crisis in University Leadership
Union Holds Rally at UIC

CHICAGO – Hundreds of faculty, students, and their union supporters thronged the University of Illinois Chicago campus today to call attention to the faculty union's ongoing efforts to negotiate a contract with University of Illinois trustees.

“When money was tight, UIC faculty sacrificed for students and the University. Now, with nearly a billion dollars in surplus funds, the University President refuses to use even a small fraction of those funds for faculty compensation. His position is not only unwise, it's unfair,” said Joe Persky, President of University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty (UICUF), the faculty union.
 
Crowds waving banners and signs in support of the union effort applauded and cheered as the speakers spoke to the importance of collective bargaining at research universities. 

“It is outrageous that the University has increased tuition and burdened students with debt, all while socking away almost a billion dollars of students' money,” said Dan Montgomery, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the statewide union with which UICUF is affiliated.  “Just as outrageous is that the Administration has spent the students' tuition dollars on increasing the number of administrative positions and reducing the number of faculty.”

Other speakers, including nationally renowned professors, labor leaders and students stressed the importance of the Union’s core issues of faculty control of curriculum, multi-year contracts for adjunct faculty, adherence to the faculty handbook, safe classrooms and laboratories, and a fair raise.

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About UIC UF: Local 6456 (IFT/AFT) is legally recognized to represent all full-time tenured and non-tenured faculty at UIC. It is committed to realizing the mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as a public research university in a democratic society; making sure that every member of the faculty shares in the traditions of shared governance; making the promise of shared governance a reality through the power of collective bargaining; and keeping the principles of academic freedom, free speech and free inquiry central both to our union and our university.
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