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Message 11/25/11

Message from the Provost – Faculty Unionization Efforts

Dear Colleagues,

The University has received word that the Illinois Appellate Court has approved the University's request for a stay of negotiations until the Court can rule on the issue of what constitutes an appropriate faculty bargaining unit.

In September, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board voted in favor of a single bargaining unit proposed by the UIC United Faculty that would combine tenure system and non-tenure system faculty (excluding the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy). The University then exercised its right under Illinois law and filed an appeal of the IELRB ruling with the Illinois Appellate Court.

The University last month also asked for expedited review so the matter can be resolved as quickly as possible, and the Court granted the University's request in late October. In its subsequent order dated last Monday Nov. 21 announcing that it had granted the University's request for a stay of bargaining, the Court said, "As the briefing in this case has been accelerated, the equities favor a stay." University legal counsel anticipate a ruling from the Court some time next spring.

I will continue to update you as developments warrant.


Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost