No Chancellor Lane. We did not vote against the USG’s resolution.

In response to the email from Chancellor Lane about student concerns. The FA explicitly refrained from weighing in except to say we had the same concerns about implementation (prerequisites, etc), etc. we have had in the past. We did not poll the bargaining unit because our concerns have gone unheard in the past. We are, OF COURSE, concerned about student well-being. We have contacted University Communications and asked them to correct this misinformation.

All Bargaining Unit Meeting 11/30/21

(RSVP Link in Attached PDF)

Newsletter 11/15/2021

Hello, Faculty!

As we move toward a hard-earned Thanksgiving Break… wishing you all a restful and pleasant holiday…

News in brief: 

·        The FA and the administration have completed contract bargaining, and barring unforeseen complications, we will present the new contract to Faculty very soon:

1. A joint press release with the administration stating that we have reached a tentative agreement will be issued

2. We will present changes to the contract to the DRC on December 2 (See below)

3. DRC will distribute to units

4, There will be a full membership vote right at the beginning of the Spring semester (Only FA Members can vote on the contract ratification)

·        Operating Papers are crucial to maintaining agency and shared governance within units, particularly with regard to qualifications for Directors. The FA and the administration have a signed Memorandum of Understanding that old Operating Papers are in effect until new ones are approved. That MOU provides for a mechanism to handle conflicting Operating Papers. Reach out to the FA if you need help with Operating Papers.

·        The SIUC Faculty Association has proudly and effectively represented tenured and tenure-track faculty at the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University for more than 30 years. Faculty Association members are entitled to obtain legal counsel through the Illinois Education Association (IEA)/National Education Association (NEA). We represent Dr. Mingqing Xiao, Ph.D., a mathematics professor at SIUC since 2000. 

We urge faculty, students, and the general public to familiarize themselves with the issues at stake when freedom to research is constricted with ethnicity as a main focal point by reading the Stanford Letter, signed by faculty from across the country. We join the Faculty Senate in urging you to sign.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLeKxr4pIfGb-mfmz4wbGsVqg0wAP2VsJoTRo1AqAqoRe04g/viewform

Some important upcoming dates:

All Bargaining Unit (includes non-dues paying members) Information Session on ZoomTuesday November 30 7:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3636844593

Meeting ID: 363 684 4593

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DRC Meeting 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 2, Parkinson 202– Zoom access will be provided. DRC watch for a link in your email.

All best,

Anne

Anne Fletcher, President SIUCFA

Posted on Behalf of Member Ed Benyas

Dear Colleagues from SIU and around the country,I’m speaking to the SIU Faculty Senate tomorrow to encourage them to follow the lead of over 800 research faculty Stanford, Princeton, Cal Berkeley and Temple and call on Attorney General Merrick Garland to end the Trump era’s “China Initiative.” Please encourage your Faculty Senate representatives to join these illustrious institutions and approve the proposed letter to AG Garland (for those of you at SIU). In addition, over 1000 faculty from all 50 states have signed on to the Stanford letter individually. Anyone with an edu email address can do so. I’m respectfully requesting that each of you also sign on to the Stanford letter here:https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdLeKxr4pIfGb…/viewform That link provides additional background, and makes it incredibly easy to sign on. Thank you in advance for standing up against racial profiling and discrimination. Ed Benyas

Press Release about Salary Increase

Sept 2021 Newsletter

FA Newsletter 9-19-21

Hello, Faculty!

IMPORTANT: There is some confusion regarding the Chancellor’s statement about 2% raises. The raises he mentioned are for the administration and non-represented, not TT, NTT, or Civil Service employees. 

This statement does NOT mean no raises for SIUC Faculty!

It sets a bar of at least 2% from which we will bargain.

At the request of the administration, the FA bargaining paused until after the September 16 Board meeting. We have resumed bargaining in earnest about raises.

In solidarity,

Anne

Statement I read to BoT on Sept 16, 2021

Many of you have met me before. I’m Anne Fletcher, President of the SIUC Faculty Association, and I’m here to talk to you about what it would mean to make Faculty at SIUC a genuine priority at this university. 

We are happy to see that the current proposed budget now includes a salary increase plan for SIUC. The rationale for the plan states that “adequate salaries for our faculty and staff are a high priority.” In light of inflation and essentially the pay reduction it has caused, “adequate” isn’t exactly inspiring language at an institution that prides itself on excellence. 

This isn’t the place to bargain salary. We return to the Interest Based Bargaining table to begin discussion of finances tomorrow. But here’s what you could do, today, to show that fair salaries for Faculty are a real priority. Faculty are grievously underpaid. Recognize the Faculty who facilitate the university’s teaching and research: we are the university’s essential employees. SIUC Faculty have gone the extra mile to help the university weather a budget crisis and, now, a public health crisis. Every day we enter the classroom, the laboratory, or the studio, we put our disciplinary expertise—and, in the confusion of a pandemic, our health— on the line. We have helped turned around SIUC’s declining enrollment. We have taken on extra work to fill gaps as colleagues have left. We can’t afford to keep losing good Faculty, and we cannot expect good people to keep working for a university that allows their real wages to erode year after year. 

Commit to put an end to the real decline in Faculty salaries, this year— and with long-range planning for the years to come. Develop a long-term plan to get SIUC Faculty caught up with inflation, with our peers at other research universities, and even with the other schools in the SIU system (as indicated by the chart provided at the conclusion of today’s Agenda).

We believe SIU can be more than “adequate.” Make Faculty a genuine priority, and you’ll take the single most important step you can toward recruiting, retaining, and motivating the Faculty we need to make SIUC the excellent university it aspires to be. 

Thank you.

Faculty Association Fall Gathering 8/21

Fall 2021 COVID Impact Bargaining Agreement

The Impact Bargaining agreement about class room procedures and Faculty rights is posted under the Current Contract tab. Thanks to the FA Bargaining Team (Anne Fetcher, Sam Pavel, and Jeff Punske) for their hard work on this agreement. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact a member of the Team. Here’s to a safe and productive semester.

President Fletcher’s Remarks to the BoT 7/15/21

Statement to Board of Trustees July 15, 2021 (available as read on BoT website)

Good afternoon. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Anne Fletcher. I am a Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance. I have been at SIUC for 20 years. I am here today in my capacity as President of the SIUC Faculty Association.The Faculty Association works with administration in settling and even preventing grievances, implementing the Collective Bargaining Agreement, navigating reorganization, and more. We are currently in collective bargaining. Employing Interest Based Bargaining, the joint team’s relationship remains open and friendly. I urge you to take the opportunity to build into the FY 2022 budget meaningful salary increases for Faculty. Except for Promotion and Tenure, Faculty have received in total a 2% increase in salary across the last decade. Salary compression has become acute. Morale is extraordinarily low. While I recognize that “feelings are not facts”, Faculty perception is that we are simply not a priority. Faculty numbers have decreased by at least half in my time here, currently totaling approximately 425. Arguably, the student body has shrunk proportionately. However, in terms of class preparation, office hours, committee assignments, recruitment and retention, and other service activities, work has increased. There are fewer Faculty to complete daily operational tasks. Students and Faculty, teaching and learning, are the heart and soul of a university. We hope that SIUC will recognize Faculty and stand committed to the people who have committed themselves to SIUC.Thank you for your time.

August 2021 Newsletter