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

 

Bargaining update: 12/2/2016

Attached you’ll find some documents relevant to the new (2017-2018) CBA.

Draft CBA for 2017-2018

FAQs for new CBA

Key points in the new CBA

 

Bargaining Report, 8/25/2016

Dear Colleagues,

After 2 years of bargaining under very difficult circumstances (i.e., the budget crisis and its multiple levels of uncertainty), your FA Bargaining Team is happy to announce that we have reached conceptual agreement with the administration team on all the issues on the table.  The contract language, however, has not been finalized on many of the articles–we hope to have a tentative agreement on the whole contract during the Fall semester.  At that point, the tentative agreement will be delivered to the FA Department Representative Council (DRC) for a vote on referring the changes to the membership for ratification.  This final vote will be open to FA members only.

Given the current financial situation, the team opted for a short term contract–this one will expire June 30, 2018.  Although we did not gain salary increases at this time, we have retained the right to return to salary negotiations if and when there is a non-“stopgap” budget in place. In response to the administration’s current planning for departmental mergers and program eliminations, we fought hard to achieve enhanced faculty participation in the decision-making process for program changes, as well as ensuring that significant changes cannot be rushed through in the name of expediency. We have also gained some limitations on increasing teaching loads and recognition of those loads in tenure, promotion, and merit decisions. Summer salary was a particularly difficult issue, but we achieved language that clarifies the process of establishing salaries and protects faculty interests in the cost-recovery model for summer classes.

Other accomplishments include: improved protection of faculty rights in the grievance and discipline procedures; the establishment of a committee to investigate paid parental leave; clarification and protection for faculty’s intellectual property rights to syllabi; and Fair Share for the FA when our membership reaches 50%.

In the context of the budget crisis, we were also glad to have maintained the protections in the furlough and “reduction in force” language that we won in 2012. On the other hand, in the interests of providing relief to the University, we also agreed to suspend enforcement of the 26 to 1 Faculty/student ratio for the life of the contract (i.e., until July, 2018). While this appears to be a concession, its effects will be limited, since student enrollment is expected to decline significantly in the coming year.

All in all, despite inevitable disagreements and disappointments, we were also able to maintain cordial and primarily productive relations with the administration’s team through the slow but productive process of interest-based bargaining.

In solidarity,

Your FA Bargaining Team
8/25/2016