After 18 months of bargaining, the faculty at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is headed for a two-day strike on Tuesday, February 18th and Wednesday, February 19th. UIC professors did not want it to come to this, but the trustees' proposals continue to short change both faculty and students. UIC administration continues to hike tuition to the point it has amassed hundreds of millions in profits each year and more than a billion dollars in reserves, yet refuses to pay professors what they're worth. Many members of the faculty who teach first-year students only make $30,000 a year!
Please join us at a number of events organized by UIC faculty to bring attention to their issues.
Picketing: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 & Wednesday, Feb.19. Warming stations will be available both days.
Rally: 10 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb 18. Same location as picketing. Speakers will include faculty leaders, students, campus workers and community organizations.
Overpass Light Brigade banner: 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday over the Racine/290 overpass. Participants will display LED lights with a message of solidarity for striking faculty to evening commuters.
Demonstration: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 outside the Battle of the Deans basketball shootout at the UIC Pavilion.
Faculty hope that a strong showing of support will convince the administration to settle the contract soon, with minimal disruption to students, as opposed to the possibility of a strike near the end of the semester.
Picketing will be mainly around the lecture centers on the East Campus, but we will dispersing to the main classroom and administration buildings at certain times. If you are unfamiliar with the area, there is easy access through Student Center East at 750 South Halsted (just below Harrison). Enter the east side of the building, walk through to the west side, and you'll be on the lecture quad. There is parking right across Halsted in the Taylor Street Garage (access via Taylor and Polk, just off Halsted). Student Center East is also 1 block south of the UIC/Halsted Blue Line stop (take the far east exit).
Rally will be held on the lecture quad on the East Campus.
West Campus picketers will have Public Health as a center. Go to the SPHPI building at 1603 W. Taylor Street. That's where you'll get your signs and further directions. To warm up, plan on going into the hospital lobby.
Strike headquarters and designated warming station will be at The Jane Addams Hull House during the day. The Hull House is located at 800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607. Food, coffee, and restrooms will be available from 9:00-4:00 at Hull House for those taking breaks from picketing. Labor films will also be playing continuously throughout the day. At night, strike headquarters will be located at the IFT office at 850 W. Jackson, Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60607.
If you get lost or have questions, call Nick Christen at 217-303-6456, Joyce Lieberman at 312-590-1588 or Dawn Tefft at 414-962-3443.
The Jane Addams Hull House is volunteering the dining hall for our warming station. Coffee and snacks will be available. Food donations are appreciated and can be sent directly to the Hull House located at 800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607. Any monetary donations can be sent to the IFT office at 850 W. Jackson, Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60607.
Messages of support:
Please wear blue on the days of the strike. Graduate students and other campus workers who must cross the picket line to work can wear blue armbands in solidarity.
If you want to write a public statement of support to be published on our website, email it to email@example.com
Twitter messages of support can be tweeted with the hashtag #UICStrike.
If you want to write the administration and let them know UIC United Faculty deserve a fair contract, send an email to UI President Robert A. Easter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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