Solstice Solidarity Picnic, June 21, noon-2:00 LWH Portico (South Side of the Blg.)

UPI – bring kids and be there for the Solstice Solidarity Picnic. UPI is treating AFSCME and the rest of the university community. We have a good base of food building up and will very much appreciate you adding a dish to the table if you can.

Solstice Solidarity Potluck, June 21, Noon-2:00 LWH Portico

Most important though? Bring yourself and be there for our fellow university members–especially in Civil Service–who need our support!

In class then? Bring students out with you!!

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!


Thanks and Next Steps Planning Session Noon, Wed June 7 FA 207

First, we want to thank everyone who came out for a short notice Membership Meeting last Friday. We discussed the next steps UPI will take to counter the ongoing budget crisis and to support our brothers and sisters in AFSCME who are facing the threat of layoffs.

We are planning responses to the budget standoff, which will be aimed toward getting stop gap funding for the university before the end of the fiscal year. Remember, the layoffs could be put on “pause” if we receive funding.

Please join us this Wednesday, 6/7, at noon in FA 207 to begin work on art and logistics . . . .

To hang a budget now banner off of El Centro
To redecorate the windows of the Classroom Blg (aka LWH) to get our message out to protect NEIU
To prep and plan for a rally/happening on June 21: Sunup to Sundown on the Solstice we will say not to Bruce Rauner’s failure to govern the state
And, I’m still interested in the bike NEIU idea . . . curious? Please join us Wednesday.

The consensus of the room was that we should communicate to the administration that we will be looking for sacrifice from upper administration, and that message was communicated before the end of the day Friday.

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.


SAVE THE DATE – UPI Membership Meeting Fri 6/2 at Noon

Hey all – hope to see you next week for a UPI membership meeting at noon Friday, 6/2 Location TBA. While we are not suffering layoffs as the Administrators and Professionals and our Civil Service brothers and sisters in AFSCME are, we will need to discuss how UPI will be affected if there is no budget appropriation.

For this meeting we will not invite chairs, but we will invite them again later this summer for another discussion.

Budget Update 5-24-17

n the email below, Interim President Helldobler announces an office hour today to discuss the budget crisis and the university’s response to it. I strongly suggest that as many of us as possible attend this morning at 11:00 in the Cafeteria.

The email notes that the administration is working with leaders of the advisory panels in shared governance. I want to remind everyone that there are contractual issues at stake in the changes suggested below–for us and for other unions on campus–and thus want to remind everyone that many possible changes in the university’s structure will have to be negotiated with representative bodies that are not merely advisory.


TO: Faculty and Staff

FROM: Richard J. Helldobler, Interim President

DATE: May 24, 2017

RE: Budget Update 5-24-17

I am determined that Northeastern Illinois University will continue as a strong, vibrant, excellent University. To that end, as I mentioned during the most recent community gatherings to discuss our budget situation, the University will be taking the necessary steps to close a multi-million dollar shortfall that is the result of a nearly two-year-old state budget impasse. We have waited as long as we can. Without adequate state funding, it has now come down to this. We have no choice but to undergo a painful process that will require layoffs of A&P and Civil Service employees, continued furloughs, outsourcing of services where possible and a reorganization of departments.

Members of the Executive Council — along with the chairs of the Faculty Senate, University Advisory Council and the University Planning & Budgeting Council — are in the midst of discussing how and when we implement these measures. While we don’t have exact numbers to share regarding layoffs, we plan to announce them within the next seven to 10 business days. The Northeastern we see now at the start of the summer will not be the same Northeastern we see at the end of the summer. And we will continue to evolve even after that; as we continue Forward 150 this fall, we will pick up work through a thoughtful process that will transform us into a leaner institution in light of unreliable state funding.

What this means is that some will be laid off. It means that some might report to a new supervisor. It means that some might have to expand our individual work responsibilities. It also means that we will have to continue to make sacrifices in the form of continued furloughs. It means all of these things, and I hate it.

I expect that many of you will have questions about this. Continuing my commitment to be as open and accessible to you as possible, I will host an impromptu Open Office Hour tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. in the Cafeteria of the Main Campus. This informal gathering is an opportunity for any Northeastern employee who wishes to attend our meeting to ask me a question regarding the budget, layoffs, or any other related matter. I will do my best to answer all of them during that hour.

Thank you.

Fwd: Pension Hearing in the House 5/19 from State Rep. Rob Martwick’s Capitol Update

Terry S has forwarded the hearing on the pension bill yesterday from Rep. Rob Martwick. Although it was on Facebook live, you can access by clicking here.


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Capitol Update for May 19

This week’s Capitol Update videos, originally on Facebook Live, feature an important debate over pension reform that the committee I chair, the House Personnel and Pensions Committee, had this week. Click on the images below to go to the Facebook Live video of the extensive debate over the bill as we work toward the scheduled May 31 end of our spring session.

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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.

TIME SHIFTED 5/11, 1:15 to 2:30, BBH 101: Emergency UPI Meeting to Discuss the Budget and Potential Reorganization Matters

UPI is having a meeting for members and we are inviting all department chairs

Thursday 5/11, 1:15 to 2:30. We will meet in BBH 101. We need to discuss as a union the budget and the reorganization possibilities that could eliminate department chairs.

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!! We have shifted the time of the meeting to accommodate chairs who are invited to another meeting running for one hour starting at noon.

All, reach out to your chairs and invite them to this discussion. I will also email them directly but it will be good for them to know that we support them and want to have them join us for this discussion.

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