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College faculty, students to hold numerous "Day of Action" events across Illinois

3/30/2016
CHICAGO – As the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters prepare to gather for a Day of Action on Friday, April 1, numerous groups of college faculty, staff, and students are planning events across the state to highlight the far-reaching impact of Governor Bruce Rauner’s irresponsible priorities on their communities.
 
“The consequences of Governor Rauner’s failure to fund critical programs is extending into every corner of our state, and we’re standing up together this week to say enough is enough,” said John Miller, President of the University Professionals of Illinois (IFT Local 4100) and a professor at Western Illinois University. “What we see happening in Chicago is unfortunately not unique to the big city. The Governor’s vetoes and irresponsible refusal to pass a budget until legislators give in to his political demands have created a serious crisis. He is leaving more than 130,000 needy students without tuition assistance and forcing layoffs, all while quietly proposing an additional 25% cut to next year’s higher education budget. We are proud to stand together on this Day of Action and send a strong message to Governor Rauner: It’s time to fund our future, not reward the most wealthy while everyone else suffers.”

UPI Local 4100 is an affiliate of the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and represents faculty and staff at seven of Illinois’ twelve public universities. Other participating IFT affiliates include the Chicago Teachers Union (Local 1), Cook County College Teachers Union (Local 1600), University of Illinois Chicago United Faculty (Local 6456), the Federation of College Clerical and Technical Personnel (City Colleges, Local 1708), and more.
 
Follow the events online: participants will be posting their experiences to social media using the hashtags #FundOurFuture and #FightForFunding.
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