Upcoming Events

May 8, 2015, 5-7 pm: End of Semester Picnic at Evergreen Park

Dear Colleagues,
Just a reminder that the FA will host an end-of-the-semester social from 5-7 pm this Friday at Evergreen Park in Carbondale. We will be there
rain or shine, so please stop by for some Mo Wallace barbecue, vegetarian sides, and a drink. Come join us as we ring in summer!

May 6: Rally Against Budget Cuts!

Don’t forget to come to the Rally Against Budget Cuts on Wednesday, May 6 from noon to 2 on the Morris Library lawn.   Governor Rauner’s proposed budget would cut $44 million from SIU’s budgey, which would do severe damage to our students, campus, and community. The plan has already led SIU to raise tuition, stop offering Teaching Assistant positions to graduate students, and not renew hundreds of faculty across campus.  Come out and make your voices heard: Stop these irresponsible cuts!

May 2, 2015: Peace Coalition Celebrates International Labor Day!

noon to 1 p.m., Town Square, Carbondale

Faculty and other members of the university community are invited to join the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois at its monthly vigil on Saturday, May 2. From noon to 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month, the Peace Coalition joins with other community members at the Carbondale Town Square (on Main Street at Illinois Avenue) to hold signs and banners calling attention to an important concern for our community, nation, and world. In honor of International Workers’ Day, and given the attack on labor from Governor Rauner and the erosion of workers’ rights in our state and beyond, the Peace Coalition has chosen the theme of support for working people and labor rights for its vigil on May 2. You are invited to join in and bring a sign if you are so inclined.

December 15, 2014: End of Semester Celebration/Bargaining Update @ Hunan!

5pm. 1 free drink and appetizers!

August 20, 2014: Furlough Decision Informational Meeting, Lawson 101, 430 pm

Welcome back to school.  As I hope you know, the IEA and the FA have won a ruling awarding back pay for the illegal furloughs that the administration imposed back in 2011.  If you were a tenured or tenure-track faculty member (except for the Law and Medical Schools) here at that time, you are covered by this ruling.  Last week we sent out invitations to an informational meeting to explain the case and answer questions people may have.  This email is to remind and encourage you to come to that meeting.

February 15, 2012: Workload Seminar

12:00 noon on Wednesday,February 15 in the Illinois Room, SIUC Student Center. The SIUC Faculty Association is hosting a one-hour seminar to explain the provisions of Addendum B in the new contract. This addendum provides for the amendment of unit operating papers to include credit hour equivalencies for contact hours and/or indirect teaching. A brief presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Past Events

September 18: Showing of “Struggles in Steel: The Fight for Equal Opportunity”

2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at the Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave. in Carbondale, free admission. The SIUC Labor Coalition presents the film Struggles in Steel: The Fight for Equal Opportunity. Over 70 African-American steel workers speak about their struggle for fair treatment both during their 125 years in the industry as well as after shutdown.

September 7: Guest Speaker on Academic Freedom and Tenure at the ACLU Meeting

All ACLU members and supporters are invited to participate in the Southern Illinois Annual Membership Meeting taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7th at the Lesar Law Building on the SIU Carbondale campus.

The guest speaker for the evening, Rich Whitney, will give a talk entitledAcademic Freedom and Tenure:  What Does the Constitution Protect? Whitney is most known for his run in the 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial races, and was the first Green Party candidate for governor in Illinois history. He currently practices civil rights law in Carbondale, taking on an array of controversial cases and protecting constitutional rights.  RSVP today to reserve your spot.

(We have been informed that Chancellor Rita Cheng has been invited, but her attendance has not been confirmed.)

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.

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