EVENTS THIS WEEK: BOT this Thursday, 2/27 at an earlier time, College Assembly for CAS, Tuesday, 2/25 at 3:00, Learn and Lead All Week

Hey folks, check out these events and move forward in solidarity!


(1) The time of meetings for the Board of Trustees is earlier than usual this week, so heads up and here are the details.

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.

(2) And for those of us in CAS, the College Assembly tomorrow at 3:00 will be on the following:

Reminder — we have a College of A&S Assembly tomorrow during activity hour (3 – 4) in BBH – 101 — Kate Hahn will be here to talk about the UAC, and also we need to discuss budgetary feedback to the UPBC.

(3) Make sure you drop in on the Learn and Lead Program. The registration is closed–so no lunch if you didn’t check in–but for most panels walk-ins are welcome.

If you miss this registration, you may still attend sessions as a walk-in. However, lunch cannot be offered to walk-ins because of cost and catering restrictions.
Two sessions are already full and will be closed to walk-ins. These are Brad Ginn’s session on Communication Skills (on Tuesday afternoon) and Suzanne Benson’s “Getting What You Want out of Life” (on Wednesday afternoon). Other sessions are nearing their maximum capacity and may have to close to walk-ins later. In some sessions, there may be standing room only.
Doors will open to walk-ins five minutes before the start of each session. We ask that walk-ins wait in the Student Union loft (just outside of SU214, 215, and 216) until the folks who preregistered take their seats.

FRIDAY @ 1:00: University Advisory Committee Meeting in Library 467 on The Former Classroom Building

Dear UPI:

Please join our fellow members at the University Advisory Committee Meeting tomorrow. A student member of the committee has issues around discussion, et cetera of Lech Walesa’s homophobic remarks on the agenda.

Below is what they sent and would like passed along.

Heads up and all the best,


Ashor Jajou, President of the NEIU SGA, and member of the University Advisory Committee (UAC), submitted a request to the UAC Executive Committee for this Friday’s UAC meeting, which will take place at 1:00 pm in the Center for Academic Writing, Library 467.

Ashor has requested to continue a discussion of the administration’s plan to commission a work of art to memorialize its process for rendering a decision on the name of the LWH building. Discussions and public comments in previous UAC meetings questioned the administration’s plan as well as its statements relative to discrimination and homophobia on our campus.

All faculty and staff and students are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Support for Academic Labor – NYT Editorial 2/16/2014

Dear all,

Check out this Editorial in the New York Times below and at

It notes the problem of increasing immiseration of teaching labor in higher ed and the concomitant burgeoning of academic administrations.

An upshot of this analysis is that we need to make all higher ed teachers less insecure and contingent. This is a point that has been coming up in our constituency meetings as we prepare for negotiations. And UIC United Faculty is trying to secure multi-year contracts for their Instructors.

Also note the House Democratic Staff Report on the “Just-in-Time Professor” linked in the editorial below and here at

The title tropes on the shift from Fordism to systems of flexible specialization and accumulation. It is clear that many of the enrollment management policies currently practiced on our campus are attempts at these sorts of just-in-time production techniques.

In solidarity,


The New College Campus

February 16, 2014

Imagine meeting someone who says she works at a university. Some years ago, it would have been fairly safe to assume that she was a professor, and a member of the middle class with enviable job security. Not anymore. Two reports make clear that the nature of the college work force has changed substantially, possibly to the detriment of educational quality…

Read more at the New York Times

Excellence Awards for AY 2012-13 (July 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013)

Dear all,

The call for Excellence Awards for work done during the 2012-2013 Academic Year has been posted. These awards are for activities performed between July 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

Remember the deadlines are different if you are self-nominating or nominated by someone else:

Self-nominations and all supporting documentation are due in Academic Affairs by March 7.

If someone else nominates you, their nomination is due in Academic Affairs by March 7; they will send you a copy of their nominating letter; and you have until March 14 to get all of your supporting documentation to Academic Affairs.

Please carefully review the links to the official calls for awards at the following links.

For Teaching Professionals and Resource Professionals:

For Instructors, Academic Resource Professionals, and Academic Support Professionals:

Good luck people!


NEIU/UPI and UPI 4100 Support of UIC United’s Two-Day Work-Stoppage

Dear all,

Please join our delegation to UIC Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll all train or drive down and meet there. The Blue Line takes you right to the University of Illinois, Chicago campus. Wear UIC United blue for them and a little green UPI swag for us!

NEIU will support the East Campus pickets in the Quad area. Go to the Jane Addams Hull House at 800 South Halsted for directions on where to go, and come back there when you need to get toasty in the warming center.

Pickets 9:00 to 4:00 – Tuesday & Wednesday East and West Campus
Demonstration 7:00 P.M. – Tuesday UIC Pavilion, Racine and Harrison

Think about how many of us have presented at UIC and how many of us have sent students to their graduate programs. The step they are taking now to support a fair contract–for instructors and tenured faculty alike–is a difficult one and an important one for the state and city. The new normal of administratively driven universities is a recipe for mediocrity, and we support the excellence of UIC’s teaching and research just as we insist upon our own excellence.

Bring yourselves and baked goods to the warming Center at Hull House on the UIC Campus to support our colleagues and public education in the state of Illinois.

The first day, Tuesday, will see many of us there and we will have a second contingent down on Wednesday. If you can drop by for an hour, or stay for a full 4 hour picket shift, do it! Whatever you contribute will help!!

Any questions? Let me know.

Want to do some reading?

Here’s a great historical piece on UIC by Elizabeth Shermer at Loyola.

And Walter Benn Michaels and Lennard Davis of the UIC English Department wrote this.

In solidarity!


Union Members and Colleagues:

Unless something very surprising happens in the next couple of days, the UIC UF strike will begin on Tuesday morning. Our members and community supporters have been asking where to go, what to do and how to do it. This link will get you and the people in your networks all the logistical details, but here are the basics.

We will be picketing between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. On East Campus, the Quad and Hull House will be our centers, so when you arrive (wearing blue if you can!) you should go straight to the Quad. There you’ll receive a sign and an assignment to one of the buildings that we are picketing. Most of the picketing will be in 20 minute increments (when classes are changing over). At the University Hall (UH), the picketing will be more continuous. In between times, there will be activities in the Quad and opportunities to warm up (although the current forecast is for 39 degrees) and get some coffee or tea at Hull House.

On West Campus, Public Health is our center. When you arrive (also wearing blue!), go to the SPHPI building at 1603 W. Taylor Street. That’s where you’ll get your signs and further directions. To warm up, plan on going into the hospital lobby.

Bring any supporters with you, too. Especially on Tuesday morning, since we’ll be holding a rally in the Quad at 10:00 a.m., after our first round of picketing. We’ll be sending the message that faculty, students, staff, graduate assistants, and community members are all working for a better UIC.

UIC United Faculty

Reminder and HEADS UP INSTRUCTORS: February 15 deadline to email your chair for work next year

Hey People,

I sent this yesterday, but I want to make sure you get it. Please reach out to others in your unit and make sure they get their request for employment in today or tomorrow. Please read below and cheers,


Dear Instructors:

If you want to be considered for employment in the next academic year, you are contractually required to notify your department chair by February 15, 2014. This has to be in writing, but an email will be fine.

You don’t have to ask for or discuss specific classes. Just send along formal notice that you want to work next year.

Any questions?

Email me!

In solidarity,


Thanks and solidarity!

Hey all and many thanks for a great membership meeting today! The Executive Board did a wonderful job of getting everything together.

Our negotiations team is fantastic and doing wonderful work. Thanks and bon voyage to Steve, Cyndi, Tim, Nancy, Gerry, Zach, Marshall and our new Field service Director Sarah Tarlow.

Franny announced an event on the horizon for further deliberation and thinking. Education in a Time of Austerity: Responses and Resistance. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 at 3:00.

We’ve got a little action going in the Former Classroom Building too people. Check it out some time, and if anyone wants to join in please let us know.

Party down people and have a good weekend!


UIC UNITED NEEDS OUR SUPPORT: Job action planned for Tues 2/18 and Wed 2/19

Dear NEIU/UPI Members;

Our colleagues at UIC–our public university sisters and brothers here in Chicago–have found themselves in a position our university as a whole has worked to move beyond. In their negotiations, UIC United is being stalled by an intransigent union-busting administration and they have called a two-day strike next week.

For all of us who were on the line during 2004, and in honor of all of us who have worked to move our own university beyond conflict and toward collaboration, I hope you will join the NEIU/UPI Delegation in support of the UIC job action.

We will discuss plans tomorrow at the Membership Meeting, and I will forward the picket details below, but think now if you can make the time to go down or if you can whip up some yummy desserts for us to take to the strikers’ warming stations.

We should target the daytime pickets between 9:00 and 4:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Evening Demonstration at 7:00. The daytime shifts are 9:00 to 1:00 and 12:00 to 4:00, but any time you can spare will be appreciated.

In solidarity!

The NEIU/UPI Executive Board

MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Thursday, 2/13 @ 3:00 in the Lower Level Library Classroom

Hey NEIU/UPI Members:

Please join us tomorrow for the first spring . . .


Thursday, 13 February at 3:00 in the Lower Level Library Classroom

Yes, this is the “spring” semester and we are going to fight back against the polar vortex and all vexing forces with an introduction to the negotiations team!

We will chat about other topics of interest, too:

  • a report on the contract survey and constituency meetings thus far
  • putting our bodies on the line, or making cookies to send, in support of UIC United’s 2-Day Action on 2/18 and 2/19
  • a legislative committee to get out and rock our state senators and reps and our congressional people
  • deliberation on campus–yes, that means we will deliberate ourselves! Just like we’re at a university or something!–and we will think about our own vision for NEIU ten years from now

And yes . . .THERE WILL BE COOKIES!! But bring your own water folks, because we are going green for this one!!!

In solidarity,


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

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