Update from our 9.13 bargaining session

Dear Colleagues,

First, heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to our bargaining session last week! Your support for the bargaining team and contribution of information about your own experiences was very useful. We drew great strength from the multiplicity of the voices in the room.
For those who could not attend, the two major topics discussed were immigration and workload.

As to the first, there is broad agreement on both sides that immigration status should not matter in the university’s retention of teaching faculty, and that sometimes …

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Update from our 8.7 bargaining session

Dear UChicago Faculty Forward Members:

Your Union Bargaining Team met with Management again today, Monday, August 7, 2017. Two members took us up on the opportunity to join us for negotiations—each had planned to stay two hours and both stayed most of the day.

Eleven proposals went back and forth—five new proposals and six counter proposals. The rate of negotiations is accelerating and we look forward a flurry of activity once fall quarter starts.

Our next bargaining session is Wednesday, September 13th 9-5. We are encouraging members …

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Update from our 7/27/17 bargaining session.

Dear UChicago Faculty Forward Members:

Your Union bargaining team met with Management again on Thursday, July 27th to exchange non-economic proposals.

Earlier in the summer, we reached a tentative agreement that will make all appointments renewable and create paths to promotion. Part-timers who regularly teach 3 courses a year will receive an annual contract with the possibility of benefits. Full-timers will have presumption of renewal after their second appointment and longer contracts after subsequent renewals. That presumption of renewal language is stronger than any faculty contract …

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UChicago election starts today!

UChicago election starts today!

Today is the beginning of our union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). For those faculty who are part of our bargaining unit, ballots will be mailed to your home address on November 20 and will be counted on December 9.

As we prepare for the vote, we want to ask for your continued support. We all know that University of Chicago faculty are committed and hard-working. Our knowledge and practical expertise enrich our students’ classroom experience immeasurably.

We believe that working together, we can …

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Harper Schmidt Fellows File for Unionization

Harper Schmidt Fellows File for Unionization

The Harper Schmidt Fellows, a distinguished group of faculty at the University of Chicago, has filed for an election to create a union through SEIU Faculty Forward. They will be joining other non-tenure track faculty members at the university, who will begin voting in their own election on Friday, November 20th.

“We believe that this is an historic opportunity to demonstrate that the formation of a union can be a collaboration that benefits the entire university community,” the organizing fellows said in an email. “We …

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We are on our way to a union.

We are on our way to a union.

We are happy to let you know that we are one step closer to forming our union for University of Chicago non-tenure-track faculty. On October 29, we filed our petition to hold a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in order to win a voice at our university and improvements in our working conditions.

This is the first step in the legal process that will enable us to hold our union election, and as the Chicago Sun Times noted, join ” …

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Faculty from UC and 18 Schools Attend First Chicago Faculty Forward Symposium

Faculty from UC and 18 Schools Attend First Chicago Faculty Forward Symposium

Thousands of faculty at dozens of colleges and universities have voted to join SEIU/Faculty Forward in the last two years. On Sunday, September 27th, faculty from 19 Chicagoland colleges and universities met to build on the momentum they’ve created to win a voice in their profession and to reverse the trend of low pay, few benefits and little job stability.

Part-time and non-tenure track faculty are now the majority of faculty at our colleges and universities and their numbers continue to increase. At the same time, …

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