Second Union Meeting Tomorrow at 3:05 in FA 202

Hi Everyone,
If you missed today’s UPI meeting about the Janus case, the coming loss of fair share, and the UPI’s response to anti-union legislation, don’t despair. We will have another meeting on the same subjects tomorrow at 3:05 in FA 202. This is big news and it would be great for lots of folks to come learn more. Thanks! Tim

Changes for the UPI: Save Monday, 10/16, and Tuesday, 10/17, at 3 for More Info

Change is everywhere–with budgets and the university and the country. And also with unions. At our last budget meeting we discussed upcoming court cases that almost certainly mean fair share will be eliminated nationally, and unions will need to reconfigure themselves–and rely more and in different ways on their members.

Come find out how the UPI is responding Monday OR Tuesday at 3 pm, rooms to be announced. Change isn’t easy, but we will weather it better together! Tim

Membership Meeting

Hello Everybody,
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 5th, 3-4:30, in BBH 101 for our next full UPI membership meeting. Come find out how members are responding to the DACA crisis, to adjunct exploitation, to Forward 150, and to national events likely to affect the health of unions everywhere.

Tell us what you are doing and how you want to get involved. Let me know of specific agenda items we will need to address. Thanks, Tim

Campus Equity Week–We Need Help!

Lydia Snow is organizing a few events for Campus Equity Week, a week dedicated to the exploitation of full- and part-time instructors (read more about it here:

While many of us are (rightly) focused on the current plight of the university and how it is affecting us personally. I think it’s worth considering how much our current economic disaster is related to the long-term, structural denigration of university life–which is represented no more clearly than by the way adjuncts and instructors have been treated for far too many years.

An overhaul is needed at every level, and we need to support instruction at this university (the majority of which is done by non-tenure track faculty) by volunteering on Tuesday, October 24 (activity hour), Thursday, October 26 (activity hour), Monday, October 30 (12-2), or Tuesday, Oct. 31 anytime. We need people to plan and to help out and to simply be present as we decide how NEIU will participate in this important week. I’ll be taking part; who else can help out? Tim

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

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