Category Archives: Reminders

Second Union Meeting Tomorrow at 3:05 in FA 202

Hi Everyone,
If you missed today’s UPI meeting about the Janus case, the coming loss of fair share, and the UPI’s response to anti-union legislation, don’t despair. We will have another meeting on the same subjects tomorrow at 3:05 in FA 202. This is big news and it would be great for lots of folks to come learn more. Thanks! Tim

Form D’s

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick note to remind you to check your Form D’s carefully in the next week or two. Everyone at the university is working beyond what we are used to, and sometimes mistakes get made or disagreements arise. If there is any discrepancy with your Form D, it will be much easier to handle it now than next spring.

Bottom Line: Know what cu’s you should be getting, ask someone from the executive board if you aren’t sure (see the list below), and make sure you are comfortable with your completed forms.

Tim Barnett
Nancy Matthews
Katy Smith
Liz Villarreal
Russell Benjamin
Richard Grossman
Jean Hemzacek
Brandon Bisbey
Richard Kilpatrick
Amanda Dykema-Engblade
Jerry Moreno
Mark Melton
Hossein Birjandi
Mindy Ugolini
Mary Thill
Will Escalante
Jackie Anderson
Mo Kelty
Tyler Zimmer
Steve Frankel

We represent you and will do our best to answer any question you have. We also have open spots on the Executive Board of the UPI if you would like to take part!

Thanks, Tim

Going Up for Promotion? Upcoming Tk20 Training Sessions for TP’s and RP’s

Please note the following dates have been coordinated with the Academic Affairs office to help any RP or TP create an electronic portfolio for retention, tenure, promotion, and PAI. Thanks to Mark McKernin for coordinating!

The following schedule is for Tk20 work sessions for all Teaching Professionals and Resource Professionals who will be submitting personnel portfolios this year for retention, tenure/promotion, promotion, and PAI.

Tk20 will be the ONLY application used for the of retention faculty in years 1 through 5.

These will be the only sessions offered, and please note the location for each session.

Work Session (Tenure & Promotion; Promotion; PAI)
Thu, Sept 21, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in B 105

Last Chance Work Session (Tenure & Promotion; Promotion; PAI) CBM 158
Wed, Oct 4, 3:10 p.m.–4:40 p.m. in B 105

Mandatory Work Session: Year 1 Faculty
Wed, Sept 27, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. in B 105

Mandatory Work Session: Year 2 Faculty
Wed, Oct 4, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. in B 105

Work Session: Year 3, 4, 5 Faculty
Thu, Oct 19, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in B 105

Work Session: Year 1 and Year 2 Faculty
Thu, Nov 9, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in B 105

Last Chance Work Session: Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Faculty
Wed, Dec 6, 3:10 p.m.–4:40 p.m. in B 105

Open Lab Session, Years 1,2,3,4,5: Stop in and ask questions
Mon, Dec 18, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in CBM 158
Tue, Dec 19, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. in CBM 158
Wed, Dec 20, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in CBM 158

BE THERE: events tomorrow for UPI and for the university

UPI – we have a UPI Membership Meeting, Golden Eagles, Thursday 7/13 at 12:00 Noon.

Then later that afternoon at 4:30 join us for a Budget Celebration!

Alarmist Brewing and Tap Room
4055 W. Peterson Ave

We’ve got some good news on the financial picture re our furlough repayments but still have some other questions we will try and work through by noon. We’ll at least be able to make a cogent report.

Additionally, this membership meeting is an important one for me and Tim. I’m going on sabbatical in the Fall and stepping down for the remainder of my term on August 15. Tomorrow will begin our welcome and thanks to Tim Barnett as NEIU/UPI President!

Remember to attend President Helldobler’s Town Hall on the good news of the state budget in the morning at 9:00 in the Bryn Mawr Campus Auditorium.

It’s going to be a busy day people!!

BE THERE: Thursday 7/13 Membership 12:00 and Budget Celebration 4:30

Hey all – remember we have a UPI Membership Meeting, Golden Eagles, Thursday 7/3 at 12:00 Noon.

And then we hope as many as possible can skip on over to a Budget Celebration later that afternoon at 4:30:

Alarmist Brewing and Tap Room
4055 W. Peterson Ave

We have not only solidarity but success to celebrate!

We’ll get a better sense Thursday of what it all means and celebrate all of our work over the past two years without a state budget.


UPI Membership Meeting – Friday 6/2, Noon to 1:00, Golden Eagles

UPI – we will meet as a union tomorrow, Friday 6/2 at Noon in Golden Eagles. This is a membership meeting without any guests invited, but we will be reaching out to our chairs again later this month to join us for a follow-up of our collective discussion.

Our agenda will be (1) how we can assist and support our colleagues who are facing layoffs? (2) how will UPI members be affected by the state’s budget crisis? and (3) how will our actions now prepare us to participate in and help define the future of the university?

We hope to see as many of you as possible and appreciate the effort to make a Friday meeting in the summer.


Report from Today’s Meeting

UPI invited department chairs to meet and discuss the budget crisis and prospects for reorganizing the university to better meet challenges of erratic funding from the state.

I first want to thank everyone for joining the discussion today. Thanks to everyone too for their work throughout the year on behalf of the university.

Vice President Tim Barnett and Constituency Rep Nancy Matthews led and recorded a discussion that will lead to a fuller statement of principles for reorganizing and helping foster the mission and pedagogy of the university. For continuing work together, two lines of activity were identified:

A committee is forming to bring together and further refine examination of budgeting and revenue at the university. The idea is to bring together financial research and perspectives from across groups and make it available for reflection in one place. NEIU/ UPI Treasurer Lisa Wallis, with help from Local Vice President Steve Frankel, will coordinate this group. If you are interested please contact Lisa at or

We began formulating our principles in the day’s conversation, and Nancy and Tim will collect our thoughts thus far and circulate them. We will meet again soon to elaborate and develop this first draft into a statement for further consideration. More soon.

Off-campus, we will continue to remain active this summer: supporting and bringing a higher ed perspective to a Fight for $15 March, Tuesday, May 23, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Daley Plaza. And we will build on and continue our legislative visits.

Stacy Goguen got me on task right after the meeting. In her office I wrote the IFT Legislative Director. He will send us a list of which members are in which districts so we can coordinate strategic visits.

Lastly, one of our points of discussion today was an appreciation of the position our chairs occupy. It is important to have members of the administration in our departments. We recognize that this decentralized dimension of the university’s organization is precious, more efficient, and we will all work to protect this structure.

Many have said they were thankful for the meeting of minds today. I’m not just thankful but also impressed! We are a smart people! It was great to be gathered and thinking together today.

I hope everyone who can will bring those smarts to the last Forward 150 session tomorrow, Friday 5/1, 9:30-11:30 in the Cafeteria.

HEADS UP 12 Month Contract Folks (ASPs and Librarians), Summer Teaching People

If there is any confusion about your status as a member of UPI, and you are asked about furlough days beyond the 6 or 8 that have been negotiated, please tell your supervisor that you are in UPI and contact me immediately.

The continuance of furlough days for other members of the university will not affect UPI members unless we are asked to negotiate further furlough days. This has been more of an issue for those on 12 month contracts but we all need to be aware.