ACTION ALERT, CALL NOW: Last Day for a Vote on Higher Ed in this Legislative Session

NEIU/UPI:

PLEASE CALL NOW AND DEMAND FUNDING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION WITH OUR HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION AT RISK.

You can reach the Governor at: (217) 782-0244 or email at: https://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactus/Pages/VoiceAnOpinion.aspx
You can find your State Senator and State Representative contact information at: http://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5950/getLocal.jsp

Below is a message from UPI President John Miller, and we hope a higher ed vote for funding will be called today.

This is urgent and timely and a must do.

Thanks all!

Sophia

Greetings everyone,

Now, more than ever, we need you to call the Governor, your Senator and your Representative to tell them that our students and universities need a budget NOW! Today marks the last day of the fiscal year and still there is no funding for our students’ MAP Grants and our institutions. This will mark the third consecutive year that our students and universities have been held hostage.

Students have left the state, programs have been eliminated, and many of our colleagues have departed for more stable employment. Our members and colleagues have been furloughed, laid off, had their pay deferred and have given up contractual salary increases just to keep our institutions open. Now, there is a real possibility that higher education funding will once again be kicked to the curb. Governor Rauner’s demand for non-budget reforms that harm many working people and our education system before he will agree to a budget may now result in the loss of accreditation for our institutions (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-06-28/illinois-universities-in-jeopardy-of-losing-accreditation). This is unacceptable!

Our message is simple – Fully fund Illinois Higher Education today to avoid the loss of accreditation and the destruction of our institutions. Our Higher Education partners will also be calling today, but we all need to do our part.

You can reach the Governor at: (217) 782-0244 or email at: https://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactus/Pages/VoiceAnOpinion.aspx
You can find your State Senator and State Representative contact information at: http://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5950/getLocal.jsp

We are also organizing local canvassing throughout the summer starting July 8th. This is a 2 hour commitment to talk with neighbors about the problems our students and universities are facing and to urge them to help us. Contact your local chapter president if you are willing to help canvass this summer. More details will be available shortly.

In Solidarity
John Miller
UPI Local 4100 President