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Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Message 5/9/2011

Faculty Unionization Efforts

Dear Colleagues,

Following up on my e-mail of May 2, I wanted to inform you that the University on Friday filed a motion with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) to dismiss the faculty representation petition that was filed last month.

We took this action because the union's petition to represent faculty included in the proposed bargaining unit not only tenured and tenure-track faculty, but also non-tenure track faculty such as lecturers, instructors, visiting and adjunct faculty. The state law defining University of Illinois bargaining units, as amended in 2003, states that the sole appropriate bargaining unit for tenure-system faculty is a unit that is comprised of tenured and tenure-track faculty only (at UIC the law excludes Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy).

It is our position that a unit consisting of both tenure-system and non-tenured faculty violates the amended law and must be rejected. The amended law superseded earlier IELRB rules for faculty bargaining units, which the union cited both in its filing and in a subsequent e-mail to the faculty.

Let me emphasize that the University is NOT attempting to deprive faculty of the right to organize, but it must be done in a manner that is legally allowable.

The full text of our motion to dismiss can be found at Message 5/6/11, Motion to Dismiss.

As the situation develops, I will report back to you.

Sincerely,

Jerry L. Bauman
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost