We will have a UPI membership meeting at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd (room to be announced). Four items are on the agenda, and we can bring in others:
1) Activism for the new year. We need to consider ways to influence the state to fully fund public education next year and the years after.
2) Reviewing summer layoffs: the UPI leadership has been advocating against layoffs and shuffling of admin staff. A stronger, ongoing response must be considered.
3) Forward 150: in the wake of a budget this summer, along with the continued reduction and uncertainty of funding and the university’s need to build its reserves, how do we approach a year that is supposed to involve more change? What do we cut? What money needs to be saved? Who decides and what is the financial state of NEIU?
4) The budget survey: what are we being asked and how do we respond? Jon Hageman, UPI member who has been involved in the discussion of budget models, will answer questions.
And don’t forget, on Saturday August 26, from 3-???, I will have an open house at 6839 N. Knox Ave. in Lincolnwood to thank Sophia Mihic and Nanette Potee for their extraordinary service to the UPI and the University, to celebrate our own strength as a union, and to bring in the new academic year together. All are invited.