UPI: the rally tomorrow is a must-do for all of us! Please come, email colleagues and invite your students.
We will have elected officials addressing the problem of our funding crisis and speakers including Danielle Stanley from the Center for tax and Budget Accountability. We will have a informational pickets around the university and at the rally location.
The rally and informational picket will be at the NEIU Foster Entrance starting at 7:00 am Tuesday 4/11. There will be an early speaker and then speakers will start at 8:30 am. Check out the press advisory below. We need a crowd for this people!
TODAY at 1:00 we need you for sign and banner making in FA 206. Please come on over to help out and bring your students.
Thanks to all of the committees getting these events together. This is work for all of us. Please join and help!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2017
TOMORROW: NEIU faculty and students speak out against Gov. Rauner during more forced furlough days
Group will picket, address how lack of funding for higher education is causing harm, reaching epidemic proportions
CHICAGO – In response to Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) forcing additional furlough days in order to keep the university open this summer and fall, faculty, students, elected officials, and others will speak out on Tuesday morning about Governor Bruce Rauner’s lack of leadership.
On Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, NEIU will shut down due to Rauner’s refusal to fund public universities and MAP grants for low-income students until the legislature agrees to pass his political “turnaround agenda” first.
Last month, NEIU shut the university down for a week. Last year at this time, NEIU employees were placed on furlough to keep the university afloat as well. Since then, the financial condition of the university, along with all public universities and community colleges across the state, has gotten dramatically worse, threatening working families, students, and the economic future of Illinois.
WHAT: Rally and news conference in protest of additional furlough days and Governor Rauner’s failure to do his job to produce a balanced budget and fund higher education
WHEN: Tuesday, April 11
7:00 – 9:00 AM (speakers at 8:30 AM)
WHO: NEIU faculty and staff, students, elected officials, and other community members affected by the abuse of higher education
WHERE: Northeastern Illinois University – 3600 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, IL
(See campus map here.)
Speakers will be available for media interviews immediately following the event.
The Northeastern Illinois University Chapter of UPI Local 4100 represents more than 500 faculty and academic staff. The University Professionals of Illinois (UPI), IFT Local 4100, is the recognized leader in academic collective bargaining for higher education in Illinois, representing 3,000 members at the bargaining tables of seven of Illinois’ twelve public universities. These institutions include Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois-Springfield, and Western Illinois University.