MUST DO – invite, talk to and encourage your students to register for summer and fall

Dear UPI:

Please invite your students to the MAY DAY All Unions Celebration of Our Solidarity and the APRIL 1 Day of Action. A pdf and jpeg of the invitation are attached. Run off copies for your students this week and post on D2L. And for sure be there yourselves with family and friends. This is a very kids friendly event (and we’ll make sure the DJ plays some tunes the teenagers want to dance along with too).

MAY DAY – NEIU all unions PARTY
dance and dinner (NO potluck, UPI is doing the food)
Sunday, 1 May 2016 at the Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago IL 60639
4:00-8:00 pm

We also need to talk to our students about our political activities and the struggle ahead. School will be open this summer and fall, and our pay sacrifices and our activism are why we have achieved some gains in Springfield.

Thank our students for their support. But also let them know we are not yet done. We will continue to write and visit our legislators–and protest–until we have a real appropriation for our university and all universities and social services in the State of Illinois.

Consider sharing this article from the Chicago Tribune with your students for discussion. The quote I’m pulling out from Speaker Madigan is very important and accurate. The “middle class” he speaks of is us and the institutions are ours: our union, our students, our university.

“‘I am hopeful the governor sees the funding in this higher-education package not as a solution but as emergency assistance to those most in need,’ Madigan said before criticizing the governor over human service funding. ‘Time will tell if Gov. Rauner has further intentions of destroying our state institutions and human service providers, or if he will begin working with us to craft a full-year budget that is not contingent on passage of his demands that will destroy the middle class.'”

Lastly, thank YOU!!! I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to be part of a union that insisted on a graduated scheme of pay sacrifice. I can’t tell you what it was like to walk onto campus after speaking at Roosevelt High School on 4/1 and seeing thousands beginning to amass on our campus. I can’t tell you what it’s like to have a union of officers and members who are creative and brilliant and work like crazy. It is all beyond words.

I think I can dance it though . . . so be at the party this Sunday!

We deserve a celebration and we are doing it May 1!

In solidarity,