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KAUFMAN:

The fabric of the fight SULLIVAN: 1984 in 2009 MURPHY:

Samefield, IL DANIEL:

The ‘new’ GIs ALSO A Day in the Life of UPI The Passing of a Legend


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Weaving the fabric of the fight with love and caring and strength • UPI Secretary-Treasurer Sullivan:

Surviving in a ‘1984’ world

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Will Higher Ed be ready for our returning vets?

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Sue Kaufman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President John Murphy . . . . Executive Vice President Ellie Sullivan . . . . . . . . Secretary-Treasurer Don Geren . . . . . . . . . . . Financial Secretary Normajean Niebur . . . Recording Secretary ___ Mary Durkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor

Telling our story to state higher ed leaders

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• A day in the life of UPI:

Deborah Weatherspoon: CSU system administrator

• ‘He showed us the value Of memory, reason, imagination’:

Remembering Fred Blum

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Where we need to be heading • Increasing our organizing • Developing a stronger legislative voice • Inviting two-way communication

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t the UPI conference in August, local and chapter leaders began planning for the next three years. I see three major actions emerging that will strengthen us in the coming years: • Increasing our organizing efforts. • Developing an even stronger legislative voice. • Inviting more two-way

communication, from the membership to the leadership as well as from the leadership to members. We must look at organizing as both an internal and an external action. To strengthen our voice on our campuses, let’s focus on growth within our chapters. We can organize many unrepresented areas – such as information technology, more program assistants and

others. In addition, we can organize areas where titles have changed and the new titles have not been unionized. A third area of potential membership is to convert our fair share bargaining unit members to full members, giving them a voice and a vote in their union. Finally, we are seeing several possibilities for new chapters. More on that as time progresses. In these bleak financial times, so many voices are crying

Hi, I’m Ellie Sullivan . . . First of all, I am excited to act on your behalf as president of UPI Local 4100.

Ellie SULLIVAN UPI President

I was an academic support professional at Chicago State University for 29 years prior to joining the leadership of Local 4100 in 2002. During most

of those years I coordinator of Testing. I am proud to say I helped to organize Unit B for lecturers / annually contracted faculty and the academic professionals. I have served in a variety of offices in the UPI / CSU chapter. In 2002, the Executive Board

of Local 4100 selected me interim secretary-treasurer when Sue Kaufman became president. In 2003, I was elected to the first of my two terms as secretary-treasurer. In 2009, I was elected president of Local 4100.


UP&I n Fall 2009 n 3 out in the Legislature. Our voice must be strong enough to make our concerns heard clearly. At this time, we are heavily involved in the campaign to restore the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) for students in colleges and universities. As you probably know, the state budget funded grants for the Fall term, 2009, but legislators completely eliminated the funding for Spring 2010. Our chapters are doing an incredible job working to reverse that. We continue to lobby for higher education funding, yes, but it’s not just about the money. We must make sure that we maintain quality in the academic programs on our campuses, and that we retain excellent faculty and staff. We can also work to be successful in Springfield in the areas of pension and benefits. In these days of pension “review� and modifications, we need a strong voice in the Legislature to retain the pension and benefits that we have paid for and are entitled to. Finally, we need to continue improving the communication between the Chapters, the Local and our state and national affiliates, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. But we need to hear from YOU in order to set an agenda that reflects your concerns and priorities. It is also important that our members be aware of our activities and priorities on the Chapter and Local levels. To that end, I have spent a significant part of the summer and early fall attending membership activities on our campuses. I will continue to do that and urge all members with a concern or suggestion to contact their chapter and local leadership and become active in our union. We must all remember that WE are the union.

Tell Ellie Send your concerns and priorities about UPI to President Ellie Sullivan.This special mailbox is set up to accommodate members wishing to correspond with the president. Ellie@upilocal4100.org


SEEKING

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What you need to know abou the Inspector General

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ince 2003, when the Illinois General Assembly created the Office of Executive Inspector General (hereafter referred to as The Office), there have been several occasions on some of the seven campuses represented by UPI when our members have been requested to meet for interviews with investigators from The Office — sometimes as potential witnesses and sometimes as the subjects of investigations. On at least two occasions, moreover, investigators have appeared unannounced at faculty members’ offices and confiscated their personal — albeit state-owned — computers, presumably to have those computers scanned to discover the extent to which they had been used for personal and/or political reasons by the faculty members.

terviews by Investigators from The Office of the Executive Inspector General,” a memorandum provided to UPI, are these facts: The Office has taken an expansive view of its authority to interview employees and demand documents. Employees, though, should be cautious, especially if they have been requested to produce documents that they believe are confidential. The statute allows The Office “to request” interviews and documents. That language means the following:

While it is true that the State Ethics statute of 2003 gives the Inspector General the authority to investigate “waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, nonfeasance, misfeasance and malfeasance” by state officials and/or employees, important to note is that, according to attorney Stephen Yokich, of Cornfield & Feldman, David Carpenter the Inspector General “doesn’t Local 4100 Grievance Officer have the authority to investigate anonymous allegations or al(My thanks to Stephen Yolegations, which are more than kich for permitting me to use herein his “Responding a year old.” Also important to to Requests for Interviews note, according to Yokich in his by Investigators from the Office of the Executive In“Responding to Requests for Inspector General.”)

• The Office does not have the right to place an employee under arrest; • The Office does not have the right to physically threaten or intimidate an employee; • The Office cannot order an employee to appear for an interview or to hand over documents; • The Office does not have the right to discipline an employee for not agreeing to the request for an interview or for documents; • The employee has the right to terminate the interview if he or she desires; • The employee has the right to place conditions on the interview, such as having lawyer or a union representative present or tape- recording the interview. The investigator may threaten an employee that it is illegal to refuse to cooperate and that the Office may recommend discipline or discharge for such


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Ask the investigator: “Could the statements I make in this interview lead to disciplinary action?”

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lack of cooperation. These threats apply only to the situation where an employee has failed to respond to a valid administrative subpoena. Moreover, it is up to the University to decide whether to proceed with a recommendation of discipline or discharge. If the University proceeds it must follow the provisions of our contract. Again, the Office may legally “request” interviews and documents; it cannot order an employee to be interviewed by investigators or provide them with documents, excepting when an administrative subpoena has been issued. Keep in mind that, if an employee chooses not to submit to a request or requests from The Office, chooses instead to exercise the employee’s rights (mentioned above), The Office may obtain an administrative subpoena and present it to the employee, in which case Yokich advises that “the employee should consult a lawyer as soon as possible to determine what statutory rights he or she has in response to the subpoena.”

Whether responding to a request for an interview from The Office or a subpoena, according to Yokich the given employee should ask investigators three questions before allowing an interview to begin: 1. Whether the statements made in the interview might lead to criminal charges against him or her? 2. Whether the statements made in the interview might lead to disciplinary action? 3. Whether the investigator is aware of the collective bargaining agreement that covers the employee and the employee’s rights under that agreement and under state and federal law? If the investigator(s) answers “Yes” to the first two questions above, Yokich says that “the employee is well advised to terminate the interview immediately and call for help.” Furthermore, With respect to the third question, the law re-


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How to restore MAP funds:

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he recent focus on the $200 million dollar cut in the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) funding further illustrates the chronic revenue problem in Illinois. This funding cut was combined with other budgetary gimmicks such as borrowing more than $3 billion in order to make the pension payment for fiscal year 2010. Those two actions make it abundantly clear that Illinois does not have a spending problem. Instead, it proves Illinois suffers from a lack of adequate resources to properly fund programs that the citizens of Illinois expect and deserve.

Nick Yelverton IFT Legislative Director

In order to properly address issues like MAP funding, education funding and pension funding, a revenue increase is needed in Illinois. The Illinois State Senate courageously took the first step by passing HB 174 on May 30. The Senate recognized that borrowing money from future generations to avoid difficult political decisions today should not be the accepted way of doing business. The Illinois Senate voted in favor of House Bill 174 that would modernize the tax structure in Illinois and begin to provide revenue that will put us on a path to sound financial footing.

services. The legislation will: • raise the individual income tax from 3% to 5%; • modestly increase the corporate income tax to 5%, keeping our businesses competitive with neighboring states; • expand the sales tax base on so-called “luxury” consumer services that are already taxed in neighboring states; • provide property tax relief for homeowners and income tax relief for low income families. Higher Educ. Funding Guarantee For education, the bill sets in law a formula for distributing the new revenue: 50% for education. Moreover, the bill details how the education funding will be distributed. Of that half, 33.3% goes to K-12 and 16.7% to higher education. This split of two-thirds and one-third has been sought by the IFT since the 1990s. The budget cuts to higher education in this decade are clear and convincing evidence that we need a revenue guarantee like HB 174. Unfortunately, $5 billion in new revenue does not totally close our huge budget deficit, and more cuts may be forced on us, but it’s a responsible start at protecting education and critical state services from massive slashes which will harm millions of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

increase, is unthinkable. Despite passing the Senate, HB 174 was not called for a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives because of a lack of legislative support. However, the Senate success did not go unnoticed. There have been significant developments over the summer that make a positive vote in 2010 a real possibility. Senate President John Cullerton (DChicago) has indicated that he plans on introducing a similar piece of legislation next year when a simple majority vote is necessary for passage. Leaders have publicly stated they are unlikely to vote until after the primary election on Feb. 2, 2010. We still need to secure votes in the House of Representatives. That is why it is imperative that legislators get the message that tough decisions need to be made about Illinois’ future. The time for making the easy political decisions is over. State leaders can no longer avoid the real problems. Our leaders in Springfield must start doing what is right for the state. Obama Quotes FDR on Action President Barack Obama recently cited a famous anecdote about President Franklin Roosevelt. “When criticized in public by a woman about something she wanted done

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But do you know it when you see it?

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ith the beginning of a new school year, pandemic influenza (H1N1) has become a reality. Current estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population will become infected. Population estimates place the actual number of cases to be 120 million. The concern for the

number of cases of H1N1 is both the severity of the illness and the time required for those individuals to recover. The majority of these cases are requiring a minimum of seven days to run its course. Now, more than ever, it has become critically essential to review policies and procedures for cases of H1N1 that will occur on our campus. A collaborative effort is vital between student services and

academics. Although a vaccine for H1N1 influenza is anticipated in early October, there are protective measures individuals can take to protect themselves in the meantime. โ€ข Good hand hygiene is paramount. Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 30 seconds. If soap and water are not

Is it the flu or a cold? Signs & Symptoms Sudden Sudden

ONSET

Gradual

Common, lasting 3-4 days at 100ยบ F or above

FEVER

Rare

Dry; can become severe Prominent Usual; often severe Can last up to 2 weeks Early & prominent Common

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Hacking, mild

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Rare

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FATIGUE & WEAKNESS EXTREME EXHAUSTION CHEST DISCOMFORT

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STUFFY NOSE

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Very mild Never Mild, moderate Common Usually Common

Sheila SIMONS Chair, UPI Health & Safety Committee


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ABOVE: Fred’s son Kenny and wife Katsuko relatives are able to attend Fred’s memorial. FAR TOP: Justin Akujieze, Chicago State dean of the Graduate School, and former CSU / UPI chapter President Elmer Washington participate in the memorial for Fred Blum March 5. ABOVE: Laurie Walter, president of the CSU / UPI Chapter, speaks at Fred’s Memorial.

Brent Jones Photos

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Kathy Matlin recalls Fred’s advice to activKathy Matlin was a long-time activist for the emerging University Professionals of Illinois. She held many offices in Local 4100, including recording secretary when she retired from the Library at Chicago State several years ago. She recalls Fred’s advice: 1. Knock on doors. Ask for what you want. Nothing will fall into your laps.

2. The aim of every face-toface encounter is an action: a membership, a COPE contribution, agreement to attend lobby day, etc. 3. When you ask someone to do something, tell them why you think they have the talents and skills to do the job. 4. When you ask someone to do something, make the request specific, and if this is

the first request, make the job of limited duration. 5. Get your message out. Don’t let yourself be defined by the other side. 6. Work with the board that you have. 7. Insist problems be discussed in contractual/policy terms, not, ‘who said what to whom’.

8. Work in coalition with other groups to achieve common goals. 9. Work in partnership with community groups. 10. Work within the political process. If you don’t, someone else will and it will be their issues — not yours — that get addressed. 11. And have fun along the


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Remembering the spirit of Fred Blum Continued from Page 15

‘Fred’s legacy in UPI will always be presMitch Vogel was an early activist in assisting with the birth of UPI Local 4100. Starting in the late 1960s, Mitch taught education at Northeastern Illinois University. He held many positions in our union through the years. He retired in 2003 as the second president of Local 4100. He is now State University Retirement System board chair. I first met Fred in 1974 at a meeting called by the American Federation of Teachers to develop strategies for a successful collective bargaining campaign. The AFT thought it would be necessary to have a multi-university approach. Representatives

of many campuses were present and many different ideas were being discussed. As one can expect, campus difference and political differences were being hotly debated. It wasn’t a healthy meeting as distrust and side-agendas were dominating the oratory. Then Fred spoke. He calmly and systematically identified the tasks ahead. He mentioned, let’s say, five things that must be done for the campaign to be successful. His comments were the turning point not just for this meeting but his “five things” became the agenda for a successful campaign that resulted in our

Nov. 22, 1977 — This is probably the definitive photo in the UPI archives. And Fred Blum is there, front and center. The strike in 1968, alliances with the IFT and the AFT and years of protesting finally result in a collective bargaining agreement at six Illinois universities. The happy

campuses achieving our goal. The last time I saw Fred he mentioned to me the need to preserve some parkland on the lakefront in Hyde Park (a South Side neighborhood of Chicago). Many powerful forces were working against him. I asked him how he was going to carry the day. He mentioned to me that there were “five things” that must be done. Fred once more was successful. Fred always displayed a forceful yet calm presence while utilizing a systematic, intellectual approach. This, combined with his compassion for doing the right thing, made him unique and valuable. His legacy

group of chapter presidents signs the collective bargaining agreement: Row I: Margaret Schmid, president of AFT Local 3500, the precursor of UPI; Fred Blum, CSU; Row 2 (standing): Rich Dulka, EIU; Dale Max, GSU; Mary Ann Schwartz, NEIU; Bob Holton, WIU.

Fred Blum is probably giving encouragement to Della Dunham. Kathy Matlin recalls that Della was a civil service employee at Chicago State who went out on strike with the faculty in 1968. She later got a library degree and became Library Faculty.


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She’s behind the computer system Continued from Page 13 Every night CSU’s computer system is backed up. Deborah keeps copy of the backup on campus and a second copy in a secure place off campus.

Deborah works with Yvonne Morris, Admissions and Records Officer II. Both Deborah and Yvonne are actively involved in the Chicago State chapter of UPI.

She worries about nighttime jobs that may cause a problem when no one is around. What makes the system go down? It could be hardware; it could be software. “It could be number of things — 101 things.” The phone: “This is Deborah…Someone’s going to have to network that to a printer. Do me a favor? Call the help desk.” She continues to monitor the system. When she has time, she visits the HewlettPackard Web site looking for patches or minor updates of programs, for new software and firmware and for answers to her questions. “It’s 10:29 a.m. The system has 94 users.” The phone rings: “This is Deborah. What ‘cha need? Your monitor goes black? I’d call the Help Desk.” Another call: A vendor this time. She listens politely. “Okee Dokee, OK!” Things get really bad when the phone is ringing and

she’s juggling several calls… “…then someone may be calling me back and saying, ‘Hey look, the light just went back on.’ And they say, ‘Is it going to come up tomorrow?’ And I say, ‘Well, I hope so’.” Her laugh bubbles up again. She sees something at her terminal and gets on the phone. “Vanessa, your retirement job went out yesterday.” She offers a solution and promises to call back. “I could look at 53 percent usage of the system. The minute I get home, someone calls to say they system is locked up. I go home at 5 o’clock just like you. Every-

body wants to say, ‘somebody should have taken care of this.’ Vanessa’s still having problems. Deborah calls her back. “I have to take the system down …It will be ready when you come in Monday. Hang on.” (Vanessa’s on hold.) Deborah juggles another phone call, and gets back to Vanessa: “Hey Vanessa, you were saying that you were having a problem with… Oh, it’s quiet over here too.”

people are logged in.” Usually 120 is average, but usage goes as high as 174 during registration when advisors and people from the business offices are hitting the system at once. Phone: “This is Deborah.” Vanessa is still having a problem so Deborah offers to go to her office. As we’re walking, I ask her about her family. She tells me she has four children. How old? 11, 9 and 8. Did you forget one? “Two of them are 9.”

She gets back to scanning usage.

Ah, twins, I feel I learned a lesson in troubleshooting today.

“It’s a really nice day. I’m at 53 percent and everyone’s happy. It’s 11:15 and 109

She explains that with four kids, being at CSU is the easiest part of her day.


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Bob Sutton dies: ‘the most astute grievance officer’

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obert P. Sutton, 68, former grievance officer at Western Illinois University and professor emeritus of history, died Feb. 17. Sutton served seven years as WIU / UPI’s grievance officer.

RICHARD HIGGINBOTHAM, a long-time activist at Northeastern, retired in May from the Library.

“Bob always conducted himself as the ultimate professional in his role with the union, and I owe “If he is in someplace like ‘heaven.’ I suspect he a debt of gratiis there defending angels against sloppy-thinking tude for all that I administrators.” learned from him,” said WIU / UPI Chapter Presiis there defending angels dent Karen Sears. against sloppy-thinking ad“Bob was probably the most astute grievance officer I had the pleasure to work with,” said former UPI Local 4100 Grievance Officer Fred Flener.

MARIANA HERRERA MEEKER, a long-serving UPI House of Delegates member, retired in August after 31 years at Chicago State. Librarians, unionists and other friends gathered in the New Academic Library for a party, including Treadwell Merrill, Beverly Meyer, Kathy Matlin (in town for the birth of her first grandchild), Bob Meeker, Mariana and Julian Scheinbuks with (front) Laurie Walter.

“His clarity in interpreting and then applying contract language to a specific grievance was amazing. “I truly enjoyed his intellectual integrity. If he is in someplace like ‘heaven,’ I suspect he

ministrators,” Flener said. Sutton taught history at WIU since 1970, specializing in American legal history and the Age of Jefferson and Jackson. He was a prolific researcher and a leading authority on Illinois history. He earned seven Faculty Excellence awards, three Professional Achievement awards and the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research Award in 1993.




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Kathy Henry’s star shines bright

Kathy Henry, a member of the UIS / UPI Chapter, was awarded the U of I Fallfield’s Shining Star, for “going above and beyond normal expectations.” She received the trophy in January. Kathy works in Student Affairs.

Tim Shonk gives keynote address Timothy Shonk, grievance officer for the EIU /

UPI chapter and an English professor, delivered a keynote address at the annual Lomers Conference in London on June 20.

ments and contributions to the academic community.

Filus presents math papers Lidia Filus, a member of the House of Delegates representing NEIU and a professor of mathematics, presented papers at conferences in July in Europe.

Nancy Kwang Johnson, a member of the House of Delegates from Western and an assistant professor in the African American studies department, visited North Korea and South Korea last fall as a part of an overseas leadership experience.

Natcone gets ‘excellence’ award

Cole lectures on black Wobbly

Audrey Natcone, a UPI House of Delegates member from NEIU and an instructor in the justice studies department, was among a group receiving the Instructor and Academic Support Professional Excellence Awards for achieve-

Peter Cole, UPI House of Delegates member from Western and associate professor in the department of history, introduced the Western Illinois University campus to a black Wobbly. Ben Fletcher was an influential leader of Industrial Work-

WIU prof in Asian leadership project

ers of the World, a pioneering interracial union in an era of racial discord and antiunionism. Cole, an expert on American labor history, wrote the 2007 book Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly. Cole’s lecture was Feb. 5, in honor of Black History Month.

You’re a winner with Local 4100 Send information from your campus to mdurkin@upilocal4100.org

UPI activist Jim Caldwell named WIU ‘distinguished faculty lecturer’ James Caldwell, professor of music composition and theory in Western Illinois University’s School of Music, presented in March the University’s 2009 Distinguished Faculty Lecture on “space” as it relates to music. In addition to serving as president of the WIU / UPI Chapter of Local 4100, Caldwell has chaired Local 4100’s Trustees / Audit Committee and has served on the Local 4100 Executive Board.

Caldwell joined Western Illinois’ music faculty in 1985. For the past 22 years he has been co-director of Western’s New Music Festival, and has been active in both performance and scholarship. In 2005, Caldwell received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. He has also received three Faculty Excellence Awards and three Professional Achievement Awards.



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NIU instructor in Fulbright Exchange

in Mendoza, Argentina. She received the prestigious Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant, awarded on the basis of academic and professional achievement, and demonstrated leadership potential.

Trustees chair publishes poetry

Mirta Pagnucci, a member of the NIU / UPI Chapter and an instructor in the department of foreign languages and literatures at NIU, last fall taught English literature and composition at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo,

David Radavich’s new poetry collection, “Canonicals: Love’s Hours,” has been published by Finishing Line Press. The chapbook features love poems based on the standard liturgical hours, evoking time from dawn to dusk, the turning of seasons, the coming

of night. Moods vary from anticipation and discovery to absence and loss and finally healing and redemption.

HoD members presents papers Sace Elder, history, recently presented her paper “Martyred Children: German Protectionists, Abuse, and the Limits of Parental Authority in Wilhelmine Germany” at the German Studies Association Conference in San Diego. At that conference she also offered commentary on a panel of papers titled “War and Interwar.” Amy Carr and John Simmons, WIU’s philosophy

READY for the VETS (Also taken from the Alvarez piece in the New York Times) Many of our universities have yet to develop a structure for accommodating and helping these returning vets. But that doesn’t mean we UPI members should stand by waiting for such a structure to appear before taking a proactive role. We need to both push our institutions to provide individualized counseling, resources and other support for these students, and push ourselves to learn as much as we can about what we need to be aware of in dealing with these students in our offices, classrooms and resource centers.

and religious studies department, presented “Between Guru and Deceiver? Responding to Unchosen Metaphors in the Religious Studies Classroom” at the national meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago. Amy is a member of Local 4100’s House of Delegates. Robin L. Murray, a member of Eastern’s English department, and Joseph L. Heumann, a member of EIU’s communication studies department, co-wrote a paper, “Ecology and Popular Film: Cinema on the Edge,” which has been published by the State University of New York Press.

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For example, we can work with each student to figure out how best to “reasonably accommodate” his or her unique physical and/or psychological circumstances. The ADA, or “Americans with Disabilities Act,” defines as “reasonable accommodation” for anyone with a disability such things as • Written materials in accessible formats, such as large print • Extra time to complete tests to compensate for difficulty concentrating

• Permission to work from home if needed • Permission for time off for treatment or training relating to the disability • Modified equipment such as computers and assistive technology Familiarizing ourselves with ADA standards, with what our campuses have or haven’t done to prepare for returning veterans, and with information available at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Web site http://www.veterans. illinois.gov are first steps to take in helping these men and women get off to a good start on our campuses.


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(Taken from www.aft.org) About 70 percent of the people teaching in college today hold fixed-term, full- and part-time instructional jobs. Some call them “contingent” faculty; others say “instructors.” They receive disproportionately low pay and inadequate employment benefits such as pensions and health insurance.

• a national overview of who is teaching which courses, and at what salary, in public colleges and universities. . Key findings • Contingent faculty members and instructors are now teaching a majority of all undergraduate public college courses.

REVERSING COURSE describes:

• Contingent faculty members are teaching significant percentages of classes across multiple disciplines.

• how public colleges and universities employ and compensate both full- and part-time faculty members to staff undergraduate courses,

• Contingent faculty members are earning disproportionately lower wages per class than are full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

A Model for Change This report offers a new interactive model to allow institutional and state policy makers to calculate the costs of increasing the ratio of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the classroom, and of moving toward pay equity for contingent faculty members. Read the facts for yourself. Download this excellent, timely 32-page report as a pdf at http://www.aft.org/pubs-reports/higher_ ed/ReversingCourse.pdf Put your wallet away! The pdf is free and no registration is required.


UPIDirectory Allison, John, EIU Executive Board Rep / 217.581.6978 / jballison@eiu.edu

Jeff Ashley, Associate Director of Local 4100’s Legislative / Political Committee / 217-581-8418 / jsashley@eiu.edu Caldwell, James, WIU Executive Board Rep / 309.298.1240 / j-caldwell@

Morris, Tamara, Financial Assistant / 312.663.5916, ext. 12 / tmorris@ upilocal4100.org Murphy, John, Local 4100 Executive Vice President / 312.663.5916, ext. 15 / jmurphy@upilocal4100.org Niebur, Normajean, Local 4100 Recording Secretary and UIS Chapter

wiu.edu Carpenter, David, Local 4100 Grievance Officer / 217.581.6122 / dcarpenter@upilocal4100.org Daniel, Jamie, IFT Field Service Director 312.663.5916 ext. 14 / jdaniel@upilocal4100.org Delman, Charles, EIU Chapter President / 217.581.6274 / cidelman@eiu.edu Durkin, Mary, Local 4100 Director of Communication / 312.663.5916, ext. 17 / mdurkin@upilocal4100.org

President / 217.206.6301 / niebur.normajean@uis.edu Radavich, David, Chair of the Trustees / Audit Committee / 217.581.6971 / daradavich@eiu.edu Sample, Rich, WIU-PT Chapter President / 309.298.2600 / rr-sample@ wiu.edu Schuepfer, Terry, NEIU Chapter President / 773.442.5836 / t-schuepfer@ neiu.edu/

Flood, Sandy, NIU Chapter President / 815.753.1302 / flood@niu.edu

Sears, Karen, WIU Chapter President / 309.298.1740 / k-sears@wiu.edu

Fry, Edna, GSU Executive Board Rep / 708.534.4949 / e-fry@govst.edu

Stearley, Patrice, NEIU Executive Board Rep / 773.442.4474 / p-stear-

Geren, Don, Local 4100 Financial Secretary / 847.478.5050 / dfgeren@

ley@neiu.edu Sudeith, Mark, CSU Executive Board Rep / 773.995.3567 / m-sudeith@

hotmail.com Grange, Janet, Local 4100 Associate Grievance Officer / 773.995.3967 / j-grange@csu.edu Heldt, Toma, NIU Executive Board Rep / 815.753.9034 / tomaheldt@

csu.edu Sullivan, Ellie, Local 4100 Secretary-Treasurer / 312.663.5916, ext. 11 / esullivan@upilocal4100.org Thompson, Bill, Local 4100’s Diversity Committee Chair / 309.298.2785 /

AOL.com Kamper, Dave, IFT Field Service Director / 217.789.6495 ext. 14 / dkamper@ift-aft.org Katz, Marsha, GSU Chapter President / 708.534.4952 / m-katz@govst.

WA-Thompson@wiu.edu Tracy, Pat, Office Assistant / 312.663.5916, ext. 10 / ptracy@upilocal4100.org Unsworth, Becky, UIS Executive Board Rep / unsworth.rebecca

edu Kaufman, Sue, Local 4100 President / 312.663.5916, ext. 18 / skaufman@upilocal4100.org McConnell, Kathy, Program & Legislative Coordinator / 312.663.5916, ext. 13 / kmcconnell@ift-aft.org

UPI People & Issues magazine 11 E. Adams, Suite 1106 Chicago, IL 60603

@uis.edu Walter, Laurie, CSU Chapter President / 773.995.2185 / l-walter@csu.edu Yelverton, Nick, IFT Legislative Director / 217.544.8562 / nyelverton@ ift-aft.org

UPI People & Issues magazine, spring 2009  

The award-winning magazine of the University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100 during 2009. See articles about our chapters on seven Illi...

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