Dear all,

We had a very busy week last week, and many members participated in various events and working groups in support of negotiations.

I’ll run through what I’ve come to think of as the week of thank yous to our membership.

Work continues this week, and I hope everyone will stop by our Student Symposium on Friday and try to make it to other events on the horizon.

Cheers and in solidarity,


Tuesday, 4/1: “Public Education in an Age of ‘Austerity'” motivated students and colleagues to action and thought.  Thanks to our UPI and AFSCME panelists and organizers: Tim Barnett, Christina Gomez, Ellen Larrimore, Jason Lukasik, Erica Meiners and Francesca Morgan.  The hardest working Executive Board in higher ed, ours, did tons of legwork on this event too.  We had a blast tabling with members–and the popcorn machine–the week before.  Thanks to all!

Wednesday, 4/2: both teams met for their first negotiations session. The teams will be issuing joint reports on their work.

Wednesday, 4/2: UPI Officers, constituency reps and our grievance co-chair met with faculty from the College of Business and Management in a constituency session organized by their their representative Jian Li. Thanks to Steve Frankel, Jason Lakasik and Shelley Bannister for joining me at this discussion.

Thursday, 4/3: Instructors, Academic Support Professionals and Academic Resource Professionals were invited to our monthly Executive Board Meeting.  Many thanks to them for participation in formulating our strategies for negotiation and helping us write a union response to the prospect of 5% and 10% budget cuts in instruction.

Friday, 4/4: bargaining unit members met to discuss contractual issues for coordinators, directors, etc. We very much appreciate the work clarifying how these assignments affect all members of the unit, and how important it is to our students and their education.

Friday, 4/4: a constituency group met to discuss research and effective ways to support inquiry contractually.

Thursday, 4/10 at 1:00 – NEIU Board of Trustees at CCICS

Dear Members:

Please come to this month’s meeting of the NEIU Board of Trustees at 1:00, Thursday 4/10, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, 770 East Oakwood Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653.
I have been charged by the NEIU/UPI Executive Board to make a statement and ask a series of questions regarding the 5% and 10% cuts academic departments and programs have been asked to make in our teaching budgets.
Committee meetings start at 1:00, and the regular meeting starts at 2:00.
Hope to see you there!

No really, DO IT NOW UPI: May 2014 Commencement RSVP Deadline Extension


Please drop everything and do it NOW FOR OUR STUDENTS!  Looking forward to being there with everyone!

To:            Faculty and Administrative and Professional Personnel

From:        Kyle Burke, Director of Student Union, Event and Conference Services

Re:           May 2014 Commencement RSVP Deadline Extension


Please note that the RSVP deadline to attend the May 2014 Commencement ceremony has been extended. All Commencement RSVPs and regalia orders must be submitted by 5:00pm this Thursday, April 3, 2014.

All Faculty and Administrative and Professional personnel who wish to participate in the ceremony must RSVP. This is the final deadline extension; absolutely no one will be seated who has not responded by this deadline.

To RSVP please contact Izabela Siewe at iz-siewe@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4633.

Thank you!

UNION EVENTS this Week: Heads up and make sure you are there to ponder “Austerity” Tomorrow

Dear UPI Members:

We have tons of activity this week with the public education event tomorrow, and other events around campus helping out our negotiations team.

Everyone, please make it your priority to get to tomorrow’s political education event, “Public Education in an Age of ‘Austerity,'” 4/1, 2:30 – 4:15, Alumni Hall (presentations start at 3:00).

And heads up on the events below for different constituencies throughout the week.


UPI Leadership Team Session with the College of Business and Management, Wednesday, 4/2, 2:30-3:30, FA 247

Instructors, Academic Resource Professionals and Academic Support Professionals are invited to this week’s monthly NEIU/UPI Executive Board Meeting, Thursday, 4/3, 3:05-4:00, Classroom Building 2081

Coordinators, Grad Advisors, Facilitators and Directors are invited to a Constituency Meeting to aid negotiations on Friday, 4/4, 12:00-1:00, B-152

DO IT NOW UPI: May 2014 Commencement RSVP Deadline Extension

Hey Folks

 Busy times for university professionals, and I am happy to see that the regalia sign-up date for graduation has been extended.  Many thanks to Kyle, Sharon and Rich for working out this extension.  I emailed yesterday when I realized I had missed the regalia deadline, and Kyle made this happen for all of us who still need to make the order.
YES, everyone, let’s remember that we are teachers and advisors and that OUR STUDENTS ADORE US AS MUCH AS WE ADORE THEM!
Please plan to be at graduation this year for your students, on Monday, May 12, 4:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavillion 525 S. Racine Ave.
And please follow the links below to order your regalia by Thursday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. 
In solidarity and with thanks,

Please note that the RSVP deadline to attend the May 2014 Commencement ceremony has been extended. All Commencement RSVPs and regalia orders must be submitted by 5:00pm this Thursday, April 3, 2014.

All Faculty and Administrative and Professional personnel who wish to participate in the ceremony must RSVP. This is the final deadline extension; absolutely no one will be seated who has not responded by this deadline.

To RSVP please contact Izabela Siewe at iz-siewe@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4633.

Thank you!

Instructors, ASPs and ARPs: please join us at our Executive Board Meeting Th, 4/3 at 3:00 CLS 2081

Dear Instructors, ASPs and ARPs:

We have lots of activity on next week, and we hope you make getting to “Public Education in an Age of ‘Austerity'”  Tuesday, 4/1 @ 2:30 in Alumni Hall your priority.
But we also hope you have time to join us at the NEIU/UPI Executive Board Meeting Thursday, 4/3, 3:00-4:00 in CLS 2081.
See you next week and have a good weekend!

Instructor Evaluation Schedule: NOTE UPCOMING DATES!

Welcome Back from Break Everyone:

We have due dates on the horizon for Instructor Evaluation.  The first one to get ready for is Monday, March 31, 2014.  Here are all of the dates.

In solidarity,


By Monday, March 31, 2014

Instructors submit materials to be evaluated to the Department Personnel Committee.

By Monday, April 14, 2014

Department Personnel Committee forwards their recommendation to the Department Chair.

By Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Department Chair forwards Chair and Department Personnel Committee evaluations to the Instructor and to the appropriate Dean.

By Friday, May 10, 2014

Dean forwards Chair and Department Personnel Committee evaluations to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Higher Education Under Attack: What Can We Do?

A colloquium in support of higher education will be held at Northeastern Illinois University (5500 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago) on Tuesday, April 1 from 2:30-4:15 pm. The event, titled “Public Education in an Age of ‘Austerity’,” will bring together Chicago faculty, staff, students, administrators, and union organizers to consider the future of public universities.

Topics under discussion will include rising student debt, shrinking state contributions to public universities, the corporatization of higher education, adjunct and contingent workers, and attempts to de-unionize workers in public institutions. The colloquium is inspired by the national defunding of higher education along with local events in Chicago, such as the University of Illinois-Chicago’s recent two-day strike, NEIU’s history of labor struggles, and NEIU student government resolutions against higher tuition and new systems of scheduling. Conference participants include James Thindwa (from the American Federation of Teachers); Jason Lukasik, Christina Gomez, Ellen Larrimore, and Sergio Almodovar (all from NEIU); and John Shuler (from UIC).

Free and open to the public, this event will be held in Alumni Hall on the main campus of NEIU. Come to hear significant discussion about the future of higher education, to voice your opinions and ideas, and to share some snacks.

Get Out SUMMER and FALL Registration

Dear Colleagues,

The UPI Executive Board is putting up fliers asking students to register ASAP for Summer and Fall classes.

Please announce in each of your classes that Summer and Fall Registration is on and encourage students to register as soon as possible.

Cheers and all the best,


NEIU Board of Trustees TODAY @ 1:30 in Golden Eagles

Hi all, the BOT is today and starting earlier than usual. Here are the specifics and all the best,


The next meeting of the Northeastern Illinois University Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in the Golden Eagles Room, located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave.

The committee meetings will begin at 12:45 p.m. and board meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Board meeting materials, calendars and additional information are available online. To access the site, go to the NEIU website, click About NEIU and Board of Trustees.

Official site of the NEIU Chapter of University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100

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