FA News: General Meeting (4/13/2017)

Dear colleagues,

On Wednesday, April 19 at 6 pm, the Faculty Association will hold an open meeting for all tenured and tenure-track faculty. Members of the FA Executive Committee will present on our new (recently ratified and signed) contract, focusing in particular on the rights and protections the contract gives to faculty in light of the current budgetary situation. And faculty members can pick up a copy of the contract at this meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 pm in Lawson 101.

It is vital to understand our rights under the contract. Please join us if you can.

In solidarity,

Dave Johnson
President, SIUC FA

FA News: BOT, stopgap, room changes (4/6)

Forgive the frequent messages but events are moving quickly, and I have some updates on announcements from yesterday.

1. BOT declines to authorize SIUC to borrow from SIUE

There was an unexpected development at the BOT meeting today. President Dunn’s plan to have SIUC borrow from SIUE was added late to the agenda. This meant that the board needed unanimous consent to consider the relevant motion. One trustee (Shirley Portwood, an alumna and emerita professor from SIUE) objected, so the motion was pulled. Another trustee (Amy Sholar, another SIUE alumna) said she would be a no vote on the motion. This is bad news for this campus.

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FA News: Announcements (4/5)

Dear colleagues,

Pardon the number of announcements: let us take all this activity as a good sign of positive activity on campus, despite the budgetary gloom.

1. FA Promotion and tenure workshop 4/7

The FA is sponsoring a workshop on Promotion and Tenure this Friday from 12-2 in Communications 1032 (a.k.a. Dean’s Conference Room). If you plan to come, please RSVP to Jyotsna Kapur at jkapur@siu.edu so that we can order enough food for lunch (which will be provided). My apologies for the late reminder. Walk-ins are certainly welcome.

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FA News: Financial Emergency (3/30/17)

Dear Colleagues,

As you can imagine, we are still reviewing the details from the messages sent Wednesday by President Dunn and Interim Chancellor Colwell. In addition to those messages, we have just received notice of an addition to the Board of Trustees (BOT) agenda for their April 6 meeting in Carbondale. A new motion would officially allow SIUC to borrow funds from SIUE and, unless there is some improvement in the budgetary situation before then, call on SIUC to seek a declaration of financial emergency from the BOT at their July 2017 meeting. The updated BOT agenda can be found here (the new item is “DD”, at the end of the document). This will be an important board meeting to attend: they meet at 10 AM in Ballroom B of the Student Center. I plan to attend and make a statement during the public comment period.

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Program changes (3/22/2017)

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of posts on program changes.

As required by the CBA, the administration informs the FA of  “any action to initiate, merge, reduce, or eliminate an academic degree program or academic department/school or Library Affairs unit” (2017-2018 CBA 9.02a). The FA gets the same package of materials provided to faculty before they make final votes on program changes, and we have the opportunity to write a report of our own on any changes. This report is submitted to the Faculty Senate or Graduate Council before those bodies vote on changes. This is but one part of the program change process outlined in the CBA.

In the past, faculty and units directly or indirectly effected by program changes have not always received due notice of such changes. We are making an effort to contact  FA representatives from departments that may be affected by such changes to insure that they know that changes are under discussion. But as we may not identify all affected faculty, we will also post brief descriptions of all changes that reach us.

If any faculty member would like to see the full set of materials in our possession, we will gladly share them upon request. Write Dave Johnson (dmj2@me.com) if you would like to get this further information. You are also most welcome to write if you catch wind of a program change in the works that has not yet been posted to this site. It helps to have advance notice of anything coming down the pike.

Here are proposed program changes the FA has been officially notified about:

  • Curriculum & Instruction: Addition of BS in Family & Child Services (currently a specialization within the Early Childhood major).
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Elimination of Teacher Education Program in Social Science (with modifications to the History education program, which would continue to provide the same Illinois licensure).
  • Kinesiology and Public Health & Recreation Professions: Merger of these two departments into a School of Human Sciences.
  • School of Information Systems & Applied Technology (ISAT): Modification of Information Systems Technologies BS into separate BS programs in Information Technology and Information Systems.




FA News: 3/10/2017

Dear colleagues,

My apologies for a lengthy and sometimes weighty message as we head into spring break, but we have some important announcements to share, and should comment on recent statements from the administration about the fiscal crisis.

New contract officially ratified on both sides

First of all, I am happy to report that the new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement, a.k.a. contract) has now been ratified by both sides and signed by both sides. A final electronic version of the CBA is attached. This new contract is now legally in effect, and will govern any procedures not already well and truly underway under the old contract. Thanks once again to our bargaining team for all their work: Rachel Stocking (chair), Cade Bursell, Anne Fletcher, Judith Green, and David Lightfoot.

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FA News: 3/3/2017 (update)

Dear Colleagues,

My apologies for the multiple emails, but developments announced this afternoon made my earlier email today seem positively misleading.

AFSCME has won an important victory in court. Technically speaking, all the Illinois 4th District Appellate Court ruling did was delay implementation of the Labor Board’s ruling that the state and the union were at impasse. But in doing so the court had to determine whether the union’s appeal had “a reasonable likelihood of prevailing upon the merits,” and so the decision addressed the substance of the case. It offers a very forceful repudiation of the Labor Board’s finding that the sides were at impasse (a finding which had been supported by an administrative judge), while playing up the subsidiary finding that the Governor engaged in an unfair labor practice by failing to provide AFSCME with relevant information it requested. The full text of the ruling can be found here.

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FA News: 3/3/2017

This missive includes various updates on what’s going on (mainly what’s not going on) at the state level. Spoiler: there is no good news here.

One suggestion: let your state legislators and the governor know that continued paralysis at Springfield is crippling public higher education. The IEA site includes a handy tool which allows you to look up addresses of your state (and federal) representatives. This weekend, State Senator Paul Schimpf is holding a Town Hall meeting in Mt. Vernon: a number of SIU faculty are planning to attend, so you’ll have some company if you make the trip. Here’s a link with more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/179791422518575/

1. AFSCME and our health insurance

As you’ve probably heard, members of AFSCME, the union that represents some 38,000 workers statewide, have voted to authorize their bargaining team to call a strike. 81% of AFSCME members voted yes, with an 80% turnout. An AFSCME strike would not directly affect us (the FA would not be legally able to strike in sympathy, though we would provide AFSCME with other forms of support). But the AFSCME negotiations (or rather the governor’s refusal to negotiate) will set our health insurance coverage and rates, since our health insurance is determined by the state’s contract with AFSCME.

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FA Member News: 3/1/2017

Dear Faculty Association Colleagues,

1. IEA elections on March 8

On March 8 there will be an election for Region 2 Chair, Vice-Chair, and Ethnic Minority Delegate. The candidates, none of whom are from the SIUCFA, are:

For Chair: Marsha Griffin
For Vice Chair: Julie Lewis and Grace Taylor
For Ethnic Minority delegate: Vivaca Clark

There are spaces for write-in candidates for all three positions in the ballots.

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FA Member News: 2/8/2017

Dear FA members,

As you’re no doubt aware, the IEA/NEA is run democratically, and we have the right to send representatives to various meetings that determine association policy.

We are looking for nominees for three sets of upcoming elections.

The first is an opening for our local delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly–the national assembly for the NEA, which meets June 30 – July 5 in Boston this year. We are entitled to one delegate at this meeting thanks to our number of members–so this would be a local election (assuming we get multiple nominees).

Our region (Region 2) is looking for a Chair, Vice Chair, and Ethnic Minority Representative. The Region Chair, who is elected by all the IEA members in the Region, is a member of the IEA Board of Directors. This board elects the executive committee of the IEA. The Region Chair is also a member of the IEA-Representative Assembly and of the NEA-Representative Assembly. Any IEA member is eligible to run for these posts.

Then there are statewide posts: all IEA members are eligible to run to be the State Delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly, or to be a member of the IEA Higher Education Council.

I frankly find the medley of IEA and NEA councils and assemblies rather confusing, but they do important work, and we have had SIU faculty serve in leadership positions in the IEA before. If you are interested in getting more information on any of these offices, please contact Aldo Migone at aldino1981@yahoo.com by February 15.

Thank you for being a member of the FA, and for considering further participation in the IEA/NEA.

In solidarity,
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC-FA