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Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Message 2/5/13

Message from the Provost – Faculty Unionization Efforts


Dear Colleagues:

With the new semester fully underway, I want to report to you on the negotiations with UIC’s two new faculty unions. It is the University’s practice to negotiate at the table and not via public statements, as we believe this is most conducive to collective bargaining. The intention of this communication is to provide a brief update to the campus of the bargaining since my note at the start of the academic year.

The University has been engaged in ongoing contract negotiations with representatives from UIC United Faculty since last August for both the tenure system and non-tenure system faculty bargaining units. The University’s negotiating teams for the two units are comprised of academic administrators, such as department chairs, and academic staff.

There have been a total of eight tenure-system negotiating sessions, the first on August 10, 2012, and the most recent on January 30, 2013. The union and the University have exchanged comprehensive proposals. Economic issues have not yet been outlined in either the Union’s or the University’s proposals. There has been a positive exchange of dialogue. To date, tentative agreement has been reached on four articles for the tenure-system faculty.

The non-tenure system negotiations are progressing as well, with a total of seven negotiating sessions, the first on August 16, 2012, and the most recent being last Friday, February 1. The Union and the University have exchanged comprehensive proposals. As in the tenure system negotiations, the Union and the University have not yet included economic articles in their proposals. These will come later in the process. Consistent progress has been made in these negotiations; tentative agreement has been reached on five non-tenure system articles.

I thank everyone involved in this process for their hard work, and all of you for your dedication to UIC, our mission and our students, faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, donors and friends.                                                                       

Sincerely,

Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost