The Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition (NTFC) struck last week after a year and a half contract negotiations. Throughout the negotiation process, the NTFC has been disrespected by the administration. Today, members and supporters worked inside the Henry Administration Building (HAB) while negotiations were going on. Although President Killeen made overtures yesterday by visiting with NTFC members and supporters while they worked in the HAB, no such benevolence was found at the bargaining table today. One of NTFC’s key contract provisions is multi-year contracts, rather than being re-appointed annually. This would provide stability for NTFC faculty, their families, and their students, but today the administration told them that the departments should determine multi-year contracts, not the collective bargaining agreement. After over 10 hours of negotiation, no agreement could be reached. The administration is refusing to bargain collectively, so the NTFC is forced, again, to act.
The NTFC will be striking beginning on April 28, 2017, at 8am. Altgeld Hall, English Building, and Henry Administration building will be affected. They need our support now more than ever. NTFC faculty are re-appointed every year, meaning at the end of the year they won’t have appointments. They are taking a major risk by striking and hoping that it will pay off with benefits for all NTFC members. We need you to support NTFC any way you can. It’s a busy time of the semester, but an hour or two on the picket line would help bolster NTFC’s morale and show them that we have their backs. If we let the administration trample NTFC’s right to collectively bargain, then our own contract agreement could be at risk when we bargain in 2017. The NTFC’s motto is “Education First,” but the University hasn’t put education first. They’ve disrespected educators who work closely with undergraduates every day by being unwilling to offer them the stability and support they need to do their jobs well. This is not simply about the NTFC, it’s about the fate of the University as an institution of higher education.
What can you do to help?
- Call Provost Feser at 217-333-6677. Today, so many people called Provost Freser in support of NTFC that he asked the leader of the bargaining team to get people to stop. We can’t let up. The administration needs to know that faculty and researchers who make this university run deserve respect.
- Show up to the picket line. The picket line starts at 8am. Any amount of time is appreciated.
- Tell a friend about the NTFC. We need to make sure that everyone understands why they’re striking and what’s a stake.
- Move your class if it’s in a targeted building. Contact email@example.com if you need help moving your class.