Category Archives: Actions

UPI Opportunities

A quick note about two opportunities with the UPI:
1) We need an NEIU representative to serve on a committee that is proposing changes to the Local’s constitution. This would give you an opportunity to understand more deeply how the UPI works at both the campus and state level and a chance to work with members from the other UPI campuses around the state.
2) Saturday morning, there will be training in DeKalb for folks interested in addressing some of the national issues facing the UPI (and unions in general) this year and in the coming years.

Let me know if you are interested in either and thank you.

Labor Day Bash

Bernie Sanders is making Labor Day activism a priority this Monday, and, at NEIU–with layoffs barely over, and more cuts on the way–we need to as well.

A coalition of labor/education/social service groups that NEIU is a part of (including CTU, Fight for Fifteen, and other forces) is meeting downtown at the Thompson Center at 9 am on Monday to rally for living wages, public education, and a genuine public sphere.

Can you let me know asap if you can commit to this event or if you are thinking about it? I need to get potential numbers of NEIU/UPI folks attending to the leaders of the rally. Thanks! Tim

Labor Day Activism!

Hi Everyone,
On Labor Day, Monday, September 4 from 9 am-12, activists will gather at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago for a massive rally demanding a middle/working class agenda that includes the right to unionize, the right to a public education, fair taxation, and more. Let’s join this group in green and show the commitment of NEIU and the UPI to Chicago, to our students, and to a better country.

Below is a list of digital things to do right now for the event. Can you like the Facebook page, follow on Twitter, and/or join the Thunderclap? When I first saw this information, I was a little thrown, but just click on the links below and it will only take a few seconds to make an impact right now.

As a side note, who is a social media guru who can help the UPI have a stronger digital presence? We need help there!
Thanks, Tim


Join the fight for 15 Thunderclap:

-Announce that your org is joining the labor day actions! Here is some suggested language for FB/twitter. Graphics to use for announcement are directly attached to this email:

*America. Needs. Unions. Join the workers #Fightfor15 going on strike to fight on Labor Day! #Union [topline_rsvp]

On Labor Day, Chicago #WorkersStrikeBack in the #FightFor15 and a #union! We will take the streets with them! [Announcement]

We need unions more than ever. That’s why we’re with workers in the #FightFor15 & a #union 7#WorkersStrikeBack [Rigged Econ]

-Share this breaking post: /status/900776326050725888


Please share event page with your networks.

Please add the event to your page:
Go to the event page. Click on “More” then “Add to page” and pick your organizational page.

Help Needed: Identify Members of the Bargaining Unit Separating from the University

Dear all – we are working on the refunds of furlough days from the agreement this spring and need to know who has separated from the university.

If you are in UPI and have resigned, please email me.

If you know of someone in your office or program who has resigned and may not be getting this email, please email me.

Redundancy will be fine. We need to double check the list Academic Affairs and UPI have of those separating.

Thanks and n solidarity,


Fwd: Speak Out next Wed, 1-2 P in the B-wing Courtyard

UPI – be there for this speakout to support our brothers and sisters in AFSCME and thus our own working and teaching conditions.

In solidarity!

Come out, come out, wherever you are! We’re Speaking Out again and really, really want you to join us next Wed 1-2P in the B wing Courtyard.

This has been an extremely difficult time for all of us as we weather this heartless, cruel layoff/bumping process; thankfully it is concluding by next week. That said, as a union we continue to stand in opposition to the process.

The President claims the new budget increases NEIU’s costs for health insurance and pensions. In fact, there’s virtually no increase in these costs. I’m attaching a letter we sent to the President inquiring about this.

Worse yet, it is quickly becoming apparent that there are not enough office staffers left to provide adequate services to our students and to you as faculty for the upcoming fall semester and going forward.

It was great to see so many of you at our last Speak Out. We need you with us again next Wednesday from 1-2P in the B wing Courtyard for another Speak Out! We’ll have a bit of fun – join us to see how- as we demand the layoffs be reversed now. There may be some roles for you to play in the fun part if you’re game! Please see the attached flyer for details.

In Solidarity,
AFSCME Local 1989

Canvassing on Saturday: WE NEED YOU

Please look to the off-campus list for a message about some canvassing UPI and community members will be doing this Saturday, July 29th to help support NEIU, student recruitment, and state funding for public higher ed.

If you have 2 1/2 hours to spare (training at 9:30, canvassing with a partner from 10-12), please join this effort to keep our school funded, to keep students enrolling for this year and years to come, and to stop future situations like the one we find ourselves in now: where we are laying off hundreds of workers our school simply cannot do without.

Can you join us? Email me now! Tim

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



You can reach the Governor at: (217) 782-0244 or email at:
You can find your State Senator and State Representative contact information at:

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!


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 ( 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:
You can find your State Senator and State Representative contact information at:

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

MUST DO: (Jazz Funeral) March, Monday 6/26, 4-6:00 (be there and please circulate widely to students, colleagues at other universities, family and friends)

Northeastern Illinois University United
sponsored by NEIU/UPI 4100 and NEIU/AFSCME Local 1989

welcomes students, staff, and faculty from all Illinois universities
and we invite our community partners and our union sisters and brothers
to mourn and reclaim the future of Illinois in a . . .


for Higher Education in Illinois and for All Public Education and Social Services in the State
Resurrection is not optional
We are Illinois, and we demand stop gap funding and a state budget

When: Monday, June 26, 4:00 – 6:00 pm (march starts at 4:30)

Where: Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka 60093

Transportation: Hubbard Woods Metra Station is adjacent to the park, and parking is available if you drive or carpool

What to Wear/Bring:
(1) Academic Regalia and/or Mortar Board (university, 8th grade or kindergarten, high school (all regalia will rock this funeral))

(2) If you don’t have graduation robes, not a problem: please wear a T-Shirt from your university, organization, or school

(3) Flowers to leave as a tribute to our loss and resolve to #FundOurFutureIL

We will have flowers for you, too, and a band playing tunes to march with!
Be ready for an approximately 1.5 mile round trip processional walk!

Are you coming? Please let us know and get updates as 6/26 approaches!

Join us Tomorrow at 1:00 and SAVE THE DATE FOR ACTIONS June 21

Hey UPI – we have the NEIUnited Coalition together and working on actions to get STOP GAP and save Higher Ed in Illinois.

TOMORROW, Friday 6/9 at 1:00 FA 206
we’ll be working on info leaflets and signs
(and the banner idea has some legs too)
Please join us!

SAVE THE DATE and BE THERE: Wednesday, 6/21
7:00 am in Regalia or an NEIU T-Shirt, leafletting at the Winnetka Metro Station
Just a short walk, which we will be marching, to the Rauner homestead

4:00 pm NEIU Workers–is it a potluck or is it a soup line–here on campus
UPI will host our colleagues from across campus and we are getting out the lawn sports games too!

Hope to see folks tomorrow and thanks to everyone for the support thus far!