Form D’s

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick note to remind you to check your Form D’s carefully in the next week or two. Everyone at the university is working beyond what we are used to, and sometimes mistakes get made or disagreements arise. If there is any discrepancy with your Form D, it will be much easier to handle it now than next spring.

Bottom Line: Know what cu’s you should be getting, ask someone from the executive board if you aren’t sure (see the list below), and make sure you are comfortable with your completed forms.

Tim Barnett
Nancy Matthews
Katy Smith
Liz Villarreal
Russell Benjamin
Richard Grossman
Jean Hemzacek
Brandon Bisbey
Richard Kilpatrick
Amanda Dykema-Engblade
Jerry Moreno
Mark Melton
Hossein Birjandi
Mindy Ugolini
Mary Thill
Will Escalante
Jackie Anderson
Mo Kelty
Tyler Zimmer
Steve Frankel

We represent you and will do our best to answer any question you have. We also have open spots on the Executive Board of the UPI if you would like to take part!

Thanks, Tim

Going Up for Promotion? Upcoming Tk20 Training Sessions for TP’s and RP’s

Please note the following dates have been coordinated with the Academic Affairs office to help any RP or TP create an electronic portfolio for retention, tenure, promotion, and PAI. Thanks to Mark McKernin for coordinating!

The following schedule is for Tk20 work sessions for all Teaching Professionals and Resource Professionals who will be submitting personnel portfolios this year for retention, tenure/promotion, promotion, and PAI.

Tk20 will be the ONLY application used for the of retention faculty in years 1 through 5.

These will be the only sessions offered, and please note the location for each session.

Work Session (Tenure & Promotion; Promotion; PAI)
Thu, Sept 21, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in B 105

Last Chance Work Session (Tenure & Promotion; Promotion; PAI) CBM 158
Wed, Oct 4, 3:10 p.m.–4:40 p.m. in B 105

Mandatory Work Session: Year 1 Faculty
Wed, Sept 27, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. in B 105

Mandatory Work Session: Year 2 Faculty
Wed, Oct 4, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. in B 105

Work Session: Year 3, 4, 5 Faculty
Thu, Oct 19, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in B 105

Work Session: Year 1 and Year 2 Faculty
Thu, Nov 9, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in B 105

Last Chance Work Session: Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Faculty
Wed, Dec 6, 3:10 p.m.–4:40 p.m. in B 105

Open Lab Session, Years 1,2,3,4,5: Stop in and ask questions
Mon, Dec 18, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in CBM 158
Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. in CBM 158
Wed, Dec 20, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in CBM 158

UPI Opportunities

A quick note about two opportunities with the UPI:
1) We need an NEIU representative to serve on a committee that is proposing changes to the Local’s constitution. This would give you an opportunity to understand more deeply how the UPI works at both the campus and state level and a chance to work with members from the other UPI campuses around the state.
2) Saturday morning, there will be training in DeKalb for folks interested in addressing some of the national issues facing the UPI (and unions in general) this year and in the coming years.

Let me know if you are interested in either and thank you.

Need Help at the Local Level!

There is a UPI statewide meeting this Friday night and Saturday at Northern Illinois in DeKalb. As things–good and bad–keep changing for unions around the country, the Local is looking for members from all the chapters in Illinois to attend this meeting to see how they can get more involved, especially around national issues having to do with “Right to Work” laws, fair share payments, and more.

Come get involved!. Saturday morning is the crucial time to be in DeKalb, from about 9-12. Thanks, Tim

Hello UPI,
You have probably seen the email below regarding the open forum for the presidential search.

At our membership meeting last week, we discussed the importance of the UPI having an active role in this process, and I was hoping we can get a strong UPI contingent (maybe in green) tomorrow to address issues like those that came up at our meeting: for example, what happens if we put significant work into Forward 150 this year and a new president comes along and decides to move in a new direction? What will this mean for work, morale, serving students, etc.?

Can you let me know if you can make it to the open forum tomorrow, and as a group can we strategize about how to take part in the search? Thanks, Tim

TO: University Community

FROM: Mike Dizon, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

DATE: August 29, 2017

RE: Presidential Search Open Forum tomorrow at 2 p.m.

The Executive Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees will host the second of two open forums / listening sessions for the presidential search that is currently underway. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students. Led by executive search firm Greenwood / Asher & Associates, Inc., this event will be an opportunity to share feedback in person. The Board will also accept feedback online at The Forum is scheduled for tomorrow, August 30, at 2 p.m. in the Main Campus Auditorium.

Greenwood / Asher & Associates asks all attendees to think of answers to the following questions. They invite you to share your answers at the event or online.
What are the attributes that are important to you in a President?
What do you want your President to accomplish during the next three years?
What opportunities are on the horizon?
What do you love about Northeastern?
Thank you.

Labor Day Bash

Bernie Sanders is making Labor Day activism a priority this Monday, and, at NEIU–with layoffs barely over, and more cuts on the way–we need to as well.

A coalition of labor/education/social service groups that NEIU is a part of (including CTU, Fight for Fifteen, and other forces) is meeting downtown at the Thompson Center at 9 am on Monday to rally for living wages, public education, and a genuine public sphere.

Can you let me know asap if you can commit to this event or if you are thinking about it? I need to get potential numbers of NEIU/UPI folks attending to the leaders of the rally. Thanks! Tim

Labor Day Activism!

Hi Everyone,
On Labor Day, Monday, September 4 from 9 am-12, activists will gather at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago for a massive rally demanding a middle/working class agenda that includes the right to unionize, the right to a public education, fair taxation, and more. Let’s join this group in green and show the commitment of NEIU and the UPI to Chicago, to our students, and to a better country.

Below is a list of digital things to do right now for the event. Can you like the Facebook page, follow on Twitter, and/or join the Thunderclap? When I first saw this information, I was a little thrown, but just click on the links below and it will only take a few seconds to make an impact right now.

As a side note, who is a social media guru who can help the UPI have a stronger digital presence? We need help there!
Thanks, Tim


Join the fight for 15 Thunderclap:

-Announce that your org is joining the labor day actions! Here is some suggested language for FB/twitter. Graphics to use for announcement are directly attached to this email:

*America. Needs. Unions. Join the workers #Fightfor15 going on strike to fight on Labor Day! #Union [topline_rsvp]

On Labor Day, Chicago #WorkersStrikeBack in the #FightFor15 and a #union! We will take the streets with them! [Announcement]

We need unions more than ever. That’s why we’re with workers in the #FightFor15 & a #union 7#WorkersStrikeBack [Rigged Econ]

-Share this breaking post: /status/900776326050725888


Please share event page with your networks.

Please add the event to your page:
Go to the event page. Click on “More” then “Add to page” and pick your organizational page.

Help Needed: Identify Members of the Bargaining Unit Separating from the University

Dear all – we are working on the refunds of furlough days from the agreement this spring and need to know who has separated from the university.

If you are in UPI and have resigned, please email me.

If you know of someone in your office or program who has resigned and may not be getting this email, please email me.

Redundancy will be fine. We need to double check the list Academic Affairs and UPI have of those separating.

Thanks and n solidarity,


UPI Membership Meeting Wednesday, August 23rd at 1 pm

Hello Everyone,
We will have a UPI membership meeting at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd (room to be announced). Four items are on the agenda, and we can bring in others:

1) Activism for the new year. We need to consider ways to influence the state to fully fund public education next year and the years after.
2) Reviewing summer layoffs: the UPI leadership has been advocating against layoffs and shuffling of admin staff. A stronger, ongoing response must be considered.
3) Forward 150: in the wake of a budget this summer, along with the continued reduction and uncertainty of funding and the university’s need to build its reserves, how do we approach a year that is supposed to involve more change? What do we cut? What money needs to be saved? Who decides and what is the financial state of NEIU?
4) The budget survey: what are we being asked and how do we respond? Jon Hageman, UPI member who has been involved in the discussion of budget models, will answer questions.

And don’t forget, on Saturday August 26, from 3-???, I will have an open house at 6839 N. Knox Ave. in Lincolnwood to thank Sophia Mihic and Nanette Potee for their extraordinary service to the UPI and the University, to celebrate our own strength as a union, and to bring in the new academic year together. All are invited.

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