Resolution of Support

Respect the Right of Graduate Employees to Choose

I/We support the right of graduate students employed by the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Teaching and Graduate Assistants to
choose, freely and openly, whether or not to have the Graduate Employees’
Organization IFT/AFT/AFL-CIO represent them in collective bargaining.
This is a decision for graduate employees alone to make.

A partnership that works to achieve common goals such as quality education
of undergraduates, safe working conditions, and decent living standards
is in the best interests of both the University and the GEO. As a public
institution, the University is accountable to the citizens of the State
of Illinois and has a responsibility to act in a manner that respects
the rights of its over 2000 graduate employees who teach half of all introductory
courses and perform many other duties vital to the continued health of
our prized institution. This aim has been advanced by the recent cooperation
between the University and the GEO to reach an agreement on a bargaining
unit for Teaching and Graduate Assistants. I/We ask that the University
continue with that spirit of cooperation.

Therefore, the University should:

  • Remain neutral, respecting the right of graduate employees to decide
    for themselves, in an atmosphere free of intimidation or retribution,
    whether or not to form a union;
  • Support the right of graduate employees to express their opinions
    freely and openly, without taking any action to discipline, harass,
    humiliate, or fire any employee for her or his pro-union views or activities;
  • Refrain from engaging in any activity, written or verbal, designed
    to interfere with the free choice to join a union or that threatens
    or implies economic reprisals, reductions in benefits, or other negative
    impacts of unionization;
  • Present accurate information and not make false or misleading statements
    designed to confuse or mislead employees;
  • Not spend money on anti-union consultants;
  • Not spend money on or produce anti-union e-mails, literature, or
    other communications;
  • Not hold mandatory union related meetings for graduate employees;
  • Not require or encourage departmental administrators, faculty, or
    other supervisors to present anti-union arguments to graduate employees;
    and
  • Comply with the decision of their employees and bargain in good faith
    should they choose union representation.

I/We hereby call on the University to pledge to stand by the above principles.

Rep. Rod Blagojevich

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Danny K. Davis

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Lane A. Evans

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

U.S. House of Representatives

Sen. Evelyn M. Bowles

IL State Senate

Sen. John Cullerton

IL State Senate

Sen. Miguel Del Valle

IL State Senate

Sen. Laura Kent Donahue

IL State Senate

Sen. Emil Jones, Jr.

IL State Senate

Sen. Terry Link

IL State Senate

Sen. Barack Obama

IL State Senate

Sen. Carol Ronen

IL State Senate

Sen. Lawrence M. Walsh

IL State Senate

Rep. Mike Boland

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Richard Bradley

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Daniel J. Burke

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Ralph Capparelli

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Tom Dart

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Steve Davis

IL House of Representatives

Rep. William Delgado

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Jim Fowler

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Jack Franks

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Kurt Granberg

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Chuck Hartke

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Doug Hoeft

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Jay Hoffman

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Tom Holbrook

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Louis Lang

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Joseph M. Lyons

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Karen May

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Kevin A. McCarthy

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Larry McKeon

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Susana Mendoza

IL House of Representatives

Rep. J. Philip Novak

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Mary Kay O?Brien

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Dan Reitz

IL House of Representatives

Rep. George F. Scully

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Ricca Slone

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Cynthia Soto

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Rick Winkel

IL House of Representatives

Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough

IL House of Representatives

Naomi Jakobsson

 

Dannel McCollum

 

Danielle Chynoweth

City of Urbana

Laura Huth

City of Urbana

Milton Otto

City of Urbana

Esther Patt

City of Urbana

Ruth Wyman

City of Urbana

Jennifer Putman

Champaign County Board

 

Pastor John Setterlund

St. Andrews Lutheran Church

Father Tim Hallett

St. John the Divine Episcopal Church

Fr. Brendan Curran

St. Pius V Catholic Church

Rev. Daniel Dale

United Campus Ministries at UIC

Rev. Juancho Campañano

 

Rev. John T. Pawlikowski

Catholic Theological Union

Rev. Steve Shoemaker

University YMCA

Meredith Kruse

Illinois Disciples Foundation

 

Rick Prince

AFSCME Council 31

Dorinda Miller

AFSCME Local 3700

Michael Dummitt

Carpenters Local 44

Timothy Leahy

Chicago Federation of Labor

William McNary

Citizen Action/Illinois

Kevin McGuire

IATSE

Marty Clinch

IBEW Local 34

Michael Everett

IBEW Local 34

Don Funk

IBEW Local 34

Michael Hall

IBEW Local 34

Mike Happekotte

IBEW Local 34

Richard Jones

IBEW Local 34

Lawrence Cook

IBEW Local 601

Marc Manuel

Laborers Local 703

Kelly Reffett

LaSalle Bureau & Putnam Co. AFL-CIO

George O. Machino, Jr.

Madison Co. Federation of Labor

Matthew DuPree

North Central Illinois Labor Council

Amedeo Giorgi

Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO

Dale Hillier

SEIU Local 73

Linda Hillier

SEIU Local 73

Amy Dean

South Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO

 

Giraldo Rosales

La Casa Cultural Latina

Veronica Kann

La Casa Cultural Latina

James Barrett

Professor of History

Al Kagan

Professor of Library/UPE

Ross Hyman

DePaul University

Chirag Mehta

University of Illinois at Chicago

Mike Lehman

Champaign County Living Wage Association

 

Progressive Resource/Action Cooperative

 

Women?s Direct Action Collective