On the ongoing strike: to our students

Dear UIS students,

Wednesday evening (May 3, 2017), UIS United Faculty (union of tenure-track professors at UIS) voted overwhelmingly to continue our strike against the university. All UIS professors are strongly committed to teaching and learning and none of us want to hinder our student’s educational progress. Voting to continue our strike—especially at the end of the semester—was not a decision we made lightly. We want to be back in the classroom as much as you do.

However, despite our numerous invitations, UIS Chancellor Koch and her bargaining team have refused to meet to resolve outstanding issues so professors can return to work. We also sense that the administration is not sending representatives empowered to bargain a contract with faculty. After 20 months of negotiations, it’s long since past time for negotiations to conclude!

In the long-term it is important for the faculty to prevail in compelling the university to direct more resources to teaching and learning, and less toward administrative growth. Appropriate faculty salaries help attract and retain a high-quality faculty, which improves the quality of student education and enhances the reputation of the university. Universities with unionized professors have slower growth in administrative costs, more degrees awarded to students, and faster degree completion times—win, win, win for students!

In the past few days numerous students have joined us on the picket lines, liked our Facebook posts, and sent messages of support. We are SO grateful for your support!

Sign our Moveon petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/embed/widget.html?v=3&name=fair-contract-for-the-2!

Please call or email UIS administrators and tell them to return to the bargaining table.

Susan Koch, UIS Chancellor
Phone: (217) 206-6634
Email: Koch@uis.edu
Twitter: @ChancellorKoch

UIS Interim Provost, Jim Ermatinger
Phone: (217) 206-6614
Email: jerma2@uis.edu

U of I President Timothy Killeen
Phone: (217) 333-3070
Email: PresidentKilleen@uillinois.edu

In solidarity!

UIS United Faculty Executive Board

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