NEIU/UPI and UPI 4100 Support of UIC United’s Two-Day Work-Stoppage

Dear all,

Please join our delegation to UIC Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll all train or drive down and meet there. The Blue Line takes you right to the University of Illinois, Chicago campus. Wear UIC United blue for them and a little green UPI swag for us!

NEIU will support the East Campus pickets in the Quad area. Go to the Jane Addams Hull House at 800 South Halsted for directions on where to go, and come back there when you need to get toasty in the warming center.

Pickets 9:00 to 4:00 – Tuesday & Wednesday East and West Campus
Demonstration 7:00 P.M. – Tuesday UIC Pavilion, Racine and Harrison

Think about how many of us have presented at UIC and how many of us have sent students to their graduate programs. The step they are taking now to support a fair contract–for instructors and tenured faculty alike–is a difficult one and an important one for the state and city. The new normal of administratively driven universities is a recipe for mediocrity, and we support the excellence of UIC’s teaching and research just as we insist upon our own excellence.

Bring yourselves and baked goods to the warming Center at Hull House on the UIC Campus to support our colleagues and public education in the state of Illinois.

The first day, Tuesday, will see many of us there and we will have a second contingent down on Wednesday. If you can drop by for an hour, or stay for a full 4 hour picket shift, do it! Whatever you contribute will help!!

Any questions? Let me know.

Want to do some reading?

Here’s a great historical piece on UIC by Elizabeth Shermer at Loyola.

And Walter Benn Michaels and Lennard Davis of the UIC English Department wrote this.

In solidarity!


Union Members and Colleagues:

Unless something very surprising happens in the next couple of days, the UIC UF strike will begin on Tuesday morning. Our members and community supporters have been asking where to go, what to do and how to do it. This link will get you and the people in your networks all the logistical details, but here are the basics.

We will be picketing between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. On East Campus, the Quad and Hull House will be our centers, so when you arrive (wearing blue if you can!) you should go straight to the Quad. There you’ll receive a sign and an assignment to one of the buildings that we are picketing. Most of the picketing will be in 20 minute increments (when classes are changing over). At the University Hall (UH), the picketing will be more continuous. In between times, there will be activities in the Quad and opportunities to warm up (although the current forecast is for 39 degrees) and get some coffee or tea at Hull House.

On West Campus, Public Health is our center. When you arrive (also wearing blue!), go to the SPHPI building at 1603 W. Taylor Street. That’s where you’ll get your signs and further directions. To warm up, plan on going into the hospital lobby.

Bring any supporters with you, too. Especially on Tuesday morning, since we’ll be holding a rally in the Quad at 10:00 a.m., after our first round of picketing. We’ll be sending the message that faculty, students, staff, graduate assistants, and community members are all working for a better UIC.

UIC United Faculty