We’re STRIKING Tomorrow. Here’s Why.

Last night, after 13 hours of bargaining attended by over 40 contingent faculty members, we were ready to reach an agreement with the University on our first union contract that would have granted us higher wages, more stability and a voice at the table.

However, at the 11th hour, after two years of negotiations, after the union membership had agreed on many compromises in order to reach a fair (but not perfect) agreement, the administration would not reach an agreement with us.

The University chose not to listen to and work with its faculty, and thus prevent a strike for its students. The administration instead chose to put forth proposals at the last minute that undermine all of the bargaining in good faith that has been done thus far.

These include:

  •         A union rights article that, rather than utilizing the standard best practices agreed to at the University of Chicago, instead uses union-busting language favored by the Koch brothers.
  •         A management rights article that gives sole and total discretion on integral issues and choices to the administration, rather than honoring its contractual agreements with faculty.
  •         An appointments and re-appointments article that provides no stability to adjuncts, and instead renders them disposable at the end of each year without cause.
  •         A workload article that puts decisions about teaching responsibilities and course releases into the hands of the Provost and Dean, rather than trusting Chairs and faculty to arrange that themselves as they have successfully done together thus far.

These last minute proposals supersede and undermine many of the gains made in previous tentative agreements. With these draconian articles, the University has unmasked itself and revealed that they would rather retain absolute power than reach a fair contract with their faculty.

If the University will not respect our union and reach a fair agreement with us, then  on Wednesday, April 4th, we will choose to stand up for our students and ourselves by going on strike.

If you have not yet signed up for a shift on the picket line from 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 4 p.m., or 8 a.m. to 4p.m., please do so here: https://goo.gl/forms/oA3Q69EJflBRZE4N2

I look forward to standing with you tomorrow.

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