Hundreds of University of Illinois Educators Form Union


The following is the text of a press release issued this morning and posted on the AAUP’s web site:

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2014

Contacts: Howard Bunsis, chair AAUP-CBC
or Aviva F. Bowen, Director of Communications, IFT

Non-tenure track faculty in Champaign-Urbana join national movement to improve university working conditions and student success

CHAMPAIGN – Nearly 500 non-tenure track (NTT) faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified yesterday by the labor relations board. This win is part of a trend in higher education where faculties are pushing back against college administrators turning university teaching into an unstable, temporary job. Stability for educators means higher retention rates and more experience in the classroom. In May, tenure-track and NTT faculty at UIUC’s sister school University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) signed its first union contract, a move…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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