In Solidarity, a Rally at UIUC March 11

Hear speakers from Illinois public colleges and universities testify to the importance of funding public higher education for the future of the state and address the impact of the state budget impasse on their lives, campuses, and communities. March 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. Alma Mater, Corner of Green and Wright, UIUC Campus Faculty Association

Rally for a Budget

The FA is sponsoring a budget rally on March 5, at 12 pm, on the Carbondale Town Square (intersection of Illinois Ave/Main Street). Come out and raise your voice against the current political insanity.  Bring a friend!


4:30 TO 6:30 P.M.

Strengthening the FA for bargaining in 2014
Recruiting New Members
Issues for Negotiations
Come and contribute your ideas and
energy. 2014 is not far away.

2013 Membership Launch Party: Friday, March 22 5-7 p.m. Hunan

You are invited!

A Kick-Off Celebration for

Protecting the Future of SIU: the Faculty Association’s 2013 Membership Drive

Friday, March 22 5-7 p.m.

Hunan Restaurant, Carbondale

Drinks & Hors D’Oeuvres Served

Come and Learn about the Faculty Association!  Talk to Current Members!


Workshop on Promotion and Tenure

Workshop on Promotion and Tenure

Credit hour equivalencies for operating papers

Our new contract’s Addendum B (Addendum X in preliminary drafts of the contract text) calls for each academic unit to include specific criteria for credit hour equivalencies for contact hours and/or indirect teaching in its operating paper. Now is the time for Faculty in each unit to initiate the necessary operating paper changes.

The Faculty Association has created a web page with resources for Faculty as they work on credit hour equivalencies for their operating papers: . This page will be updated from time to time with additional information, templates for operating paper language, and answers to questions that arise during this process.

In addition, to help Faculty with the process of establishing credit hour equivalencies, the Faculty Association has scheduled a one-hour Workload Seminar at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 15 in the Illinois Room in the Student Center. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a Faculty Association presentation in your own unit on Addendum B and credit hour equivalencies.

Here are a few guidelines for how to proceed:

The Faculty in each unit initiate the operating paper changes.
In Addendum B, as in the rest of our contract, “Faculty” with a capital “F” refers to the tenured and tenure track faculty in the Faculty Association bargaining unit. Chairs of departments, Directors of schools, Associate Deans, Deans, and higher administrators are not part of the bargaining unit. Addendum B specifies that the Faculty in each unit (department, school, Library Affairs) submit the proposed operating paper amendment. Set up a meeting in your unit or form an ad hoc Faculty committee to develop a proposal. The Faculty in your unit decide (vote) on the proposal to be submitted as an operating paper amendment.

Changes to operating papers under Addendum B are limited to credit hour equivalencies for contact hours and indirect teaching.
Do not combine other measures (even other workload amendments) with your credit hour equivalency amendment. The operating paper changes under Addendum B go through a process different from other amendments. The mandate of Addendum B is to provide operating papers with “complete and specific criteria for credit hour equivalencies for contact hours and/or for indirect teaching assignments”. These are the only issues that must be considered at this time.

Changes go through the approval process according to operating paper amendment procedures AND Addendum B.
Follow the amendment procedure in your operating paper, provided it is consistent with the Faculty contract. If your operating paper and the contract contradict each other, the contract overrides the operating paper. For example, if your unit operating paper requires that amendments be first proposed and voted on by Faculty (i.e., faculty in the bargaining unit represented by the Faculty Association), then this procedure satisfies the requirement in Addendum B that the proposed amendment be submitted by the Faculty. Otherwise, an initial step is required for the Faculty to vote on the proposal before proceeding with the amendment process.

Additional guidelines for developing the credit hour equivalency criteria:

Identify contact hour or indirect teaching duties for which to define credit hour equivalencies.
Are there teaching assignments in your unit where contact hours exceed credit hours? What indirect teaching duties are performed in your unit? See Section 8.01.b.1 of the new contract ( ) for definitions and examples of direct and indirect teaching.

Consult credit hour equivalency policies and contract provisions at peer institutions when developing your proposed amendment.
Credit hour equivalencies in “collective bargaining contracts or adopted policies for Carnegie Extensive Research Universities, including but not limited to the University’s IBHE 1985 Peer List” should be used as “primary points of reference” in developing unit criteria. These reference points will also be used if negotiations over operating paper amendments become necessary. Links to several contracts and policies are available on the FA workload page (

Express equivalencies in terms of credit hours in the faculty member’s teaching assignment.
Faculty workload assignments are based on a workload equivalent of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. That is, a teaching assignment of twenty-four credit hours in a year (twelve hours in a semester) represents an assignment which is totally teaching (no research or service). Credit hour equivalencies for contact hours and indirect teaching will determine how much these activities are to count in the teaching part of Faculty members’ workload assignments, as measured in credit hours.

Bring your questions to the Workload Seminar on February 15, or email them to me at

Important events

Give us your two cents – on video.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, at the Strike Headquarters*

We’ll be taking video testimonials ­ “I don’t want to strike but I will because…” ­ at the strike headquarters. Show up if you want to contribute.

Picket Training

6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, at the Strike Headquarters*

This training is a must for picket captains, but is open to other interested bargaining unit members.

Four-local general meeting

8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, at the Strike Headquarters*

This meeting will provide up-to-the-minute reports on the progress of bargaining and plans in the event that tentative agreements are not reached by all four locals before Thursday’s strike deadline.

* The Strike Headquarters is in the west end of the old Carbondale High School, 880 West High Street just off of Oakland Avenue, one block north of Main St. Parking is available on High Street and in the lot behind the building.

Strike Watch #3

422 days without a contract

A “strike watch” means conditions exist which could lead to a strike by the Faculty Association and our sister unions, the Association of Civil Service Employees, the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association, and Graduate Assistants United. The administration can solve this crisis today with a fair settlement of our contracts. Make your voice heard by joining the FA!

September 1 Solidarity Demonstration

Protect quality education.
Support a fair contract settlement for faculty, graduate assistants, and civil service staff.

Faculty, Graduate Assistants and Civil Service employees at SIUC are beginning their second academic year without a labor contract – because university officials will not negotiate and come to new agreements.  Our professional employees have been furloughed and threatened with layoffs and job elimination. These employees help students succeed every day, but their professional interests are pushed aside while quality education and the health of the SIU Carbondale community suffer.

Join us in solidarity at a demonstration of support for those who actually produce the high quality educational programs at SIUC–Faculty, Graduate Assistants and Civil Service staff.

WHEN:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2011

WHERE:  Meet at the intersection of Rt. 51 and Grand Avenue. Informational picketing will be on public property adjacent to University property.

WHY:    428 days WITHOUT a contract – It’s time to stand together

WHO:    Anyone who supports quality education and fair labor agreements for Faculty, Civil Service staff and Graduate Assistants – the heart of SIUC.

Volunteers have developed fliers and posters for this event. A selection of fliers for your use is attached to this message.


Event: Protest of Chancellor’s Installation