Give Faculty a Voice: A Seat on the Planning Task Force and Bargaining in Good Faith

UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis & UIC Provost Susan Poser

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We, the undersigned UIC faculty, are gravely concerned about proposed plans regarding the reopening of the campus for Fall 2020, made without meaningful consultation of faculty through our elected union representatives. These plans as currently presented appear to require significant uncompensated labor, imply the appropriation of intellectual property, and override faculty discretion and expertise on course delivery, among other issues.

These plans set a dangerous series of precedents that undermine the rights of faculty, the safety of the university community, and the integrity of the contractual agreements we have with the university.  

We therefore demand that the university administration immediately commit to hearing the faculty's voice on these matters by:


  1. Accepting at least one faculty member, chosen by our union, to represent us on the Fall 2020 Planning Committee

  2. Acknowledging our right to negotiate any changes to our working conditions through our elected union representatives by seeking formal agreement in writing to those changes PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTATION.


Faculty expertise and consent must be a cornerstone of any future plans, and we expect you to move swiftly to rectify this situation.

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To: UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis & UIC Provost Susan Poser
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned UIC faculty, are gravely concerned about proposed plans regarding the reopening of the campus for Fall 2020, made without meaningful consultation of faculty through our elected union representatives. These plans as currently presented appear to require significant uncompensated labor, imply the appropriation of intellectual property, and override faculty discretion and expertise on course delivery, among other issues.

These plans set a dangerous series of precedents that undermine the rights of faculty, the safety of the university community, and the integrity of the contractual agreements we have with the university.

We therefore demand that the university administration immediately commit to hearing the faculty's voice on these matters by:

- Accepting at least one faculty member, chosen by our union, to represent us on the Fall 2020 Planning Committee
- Acknowledging our right to negotiate any changes to our working conditions through our elected union representatives by seeking formal agreement in writing to those changes PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTATION.

Faculty expertise and consent must be a cornerstone of any future plans, and we expect you will move swiftly to rectify this situation.