December 2018 Voting Info

In December we will be voting on two issues, a tentative agreement with the administration about salaries, and representatives for the IEA Regional Assembly.

We will hold a General Membership Meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4th in Lawson 131. The primary agenda item will be a tentative agreement with the administration about salaries.

Voting on the tentative agreement and about IEA representatives will take place on December 4 and 5. Members will have two opportunities for in-person voting:

  • At the General Membership Meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4th in Lawson 131.
  • At a table in the SIU Student Center, from 10:00-2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5th.

Any member wishing to vote by absentee ballot should contact Anne Fletcher (beaselybe@earthlink.com) by 4:30 on Tuesday, November 27. She will respond with instructions for absentee balloting (which requires a double envelope system to safeguard the vote). Absentee ballots must be received by December 5.

1. Tentative agreement

Language for a tentative agreement has now been finalized and signed, and is ready for review by members. As part of this agreement, the FA would agree to extend the current contract until June 30, 2019. Votes will be thus to ratify the entire contract, with the only substantive changes being to salaries and to its end date (from June 2018 to June 2019). If members choose to ratify, bargaining on a new contract would start this spring rather than happening now.

2. IEA Regional Assembly (RA) Representatives

FA members can vote on the election of representatives to the IEA Regional Assembly, to be held on April 11-13, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. The FA is guaranteed one slot at the assembly, and eligible for a second; there is also an election for a minority delegate.

Randy Hughes has agreed to stand as a write-in candidate for one of the positions. It is too late for nominations to be included as a written candidate on the ballot, but we encourage any other members interested in standing as write-in candidates to get in touch so that we can publicize your candidacy.

The IEA RA will vote on the IEA budget and dues this year, and representatives will also have the opportunity to grill IPACE (the IEA political arm) on their role in candidate endorsements. This is an opportunity to make our voice heard by the IEA, so members with concerns about IEA policies may be particularly interested in running for these seats.

Documentation on the tentative agreement:

New Language in Nov 18 TA

2017 – 2019 SIUCFA Contract TA 11-19-2018

 

FA News: Fall 2018

The two newsletters from this fall can be found here:

FA News 9 Sep 2018

FA News 29 Oct 2018

FA News: 21 July 2018

We’ve spared you a newsletter for much of this summer, but, as you may have noticed, it has not been an uneventful time for SIU. The newsletter below address five topics: enrollment, reorganization, the end of the Dunn presidency, bargaining, and the Janus case.

But first an announcement relevant to the first topic. Dan Silver, leader of our paralegal studies program and founder of the sidoingsomething.com website, is organizing a community meeting (and potluck meal):

6:00-8:30 July 24 Carbondale Township Hall (216 Monroe Street)

The meeting is designed to allow people from campus and the community the chance to share ideas about what can be done to address the enrollment crisis at SIUC. More details on the meeting can be found here, or feel free to email Dan. 

FA News 21 July 2018

FA News: Election party; unpaid adjuncts

Here’s the latest newsletter.

FA News April 27

FA News 4/5/2018

Here’s the latest newsletter, with an update on restructuring and the upcoming BOT meeting.

FA News 5 April 2018

FA News: Assault on shared governance

Dear Colleagues,
A newsletter is attached: FA News 22 March
I believe it is the most important one I have written, for I think that we have reached a crucial moment in the restructuring crisis, and indeed a major moment in the history of SIUC.

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FA News (3/7): Announcements, retreat

Dear colleagues,

Attached you’ll find the latest FA newsletter: FA News 7 March 2018.

There are a number of announcements—the most timely being news that the BOT is holding a retreat this Friday at Touch of Nature. I attach the agenda for that meeting: 0318boardretreatwebposting.

In addition to the announcements, you’ll find my effort to understand the next phase in the restructuring effort. We’ve had a bit of a lull, and I hope all of us find some time to catch our breaths over spring break, but restructuring fire and fury will be returning all too soon.

In solidarity,

Dave Johnson
President, SIUC FA

FA News (2/12-13/2018): Deadlines

Dear Colleagues, (2/12)

An edition of “FA News” with some important information on upcoming deadlines is attached. Here are the basics; the attachment provides fuller explanation: FA NEWS 12 Feb 2018. 

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FA News (2/9/2018) Survey, college review, BOT

Dear colleagues,
 
Attached you’ll find the latest FA Newsletter: FA News 9 February
Here I’ll just flag one item, the CCC survey, which closes Sunday night at midnight. Do consider taking it, and encouraging anyone you know who has a view about the restructuring proposal to fill it out as well. It only takes about ten minutes. Community members are welcome to fill it out, and student responses are particularly important. Results, I am told, will be completely anonymous. 
 
 
In solidarity,
 
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC FA

FA News (2/7/2018): Grievances and job security

Dear colleagues,
 
The newest FA newsletter is attached: FA News Feb 7
It includes two items that are time sensitive: a reminder of this Friday’s deadline to vote to extend the deliberation period under Article 9, and an invitation to join a new grievance regarding Article 9. Also included are some remarks on a new argument in favor of reorganization, the argument that the revised organization will protect faculty jobs. 
 
I will be attending and speaking at the BOT meetings in Edwardsville today and tomorrow, and will post some updates on the meetings on Facebook.
 
In solidarity,
 
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC-FA