April 27, 2017
You may be aware that the University has been negotiating for several months with a new faculty labor union that represents the tenure-earning faculty on our campus. Those negotiations are ongoing and our goal is to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to both the faculty union and the University as soon as possible.
At the same time negotiations continue, the union has notified the university that it may organize a strike before the end of this semester. Though we are doing everything possible to avoid a work stoppage, we also must be prepared and we want you to know how a possible strike could affect your classes, your grades, and – for those who are graduating this spring – the completion of your degrees. Please know that our priority is always to protect your educational interests.
While we expect that most classes will be held during a strike, some faculty who are represented by the UIS United Faculty union could choose not to teach their classes during a strike. Regardless of any strike announcement, you should attend your scheduled classes. If you get to a class and your instructor is not present, please wait at least 15 minutes before leaving. If you have questions about assignments or other related matters, you may contact your instructor or check with the academic department offering the class.
We know you (and your parents) may have additional questions concerning a possible strike. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Student Affairs website at this link http://blogs.uis.edu/studentaffairsnews/2017/04/27/faq-for-students-parents-on-possible-faculty-strike/ to be sure you are well informed.
Should there be a strike, we will work to minimize the disruption of instruction and to ensure that you can continue to make timely progress towards your degrees, meet your course objectives and receive your grades in a timely fashion.
We greatly appreciate the contributions of our outstanding faculty and will continue to work with the union negotiators to reach a satisfactory agreement.
If, after reviewing the FAQs, you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Clarice Ford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs