Possible Strike by UIS United Faculty

Date: April 27, 2017
To: UIS Employees
From: Melissa Mlynski, Senior Director of Human Resources
Re: Possible strike by UIS United Faculty

As you may know, the campus is in the process of bargaining a first agreement with a new collective bargaining unit on campus – the UIS United Faculty. This union represents approximately 160 tenured/tenure-track faculty. Chancellor Koch’s email to campus on April 18th provided an update on the current status of negotiations.

The University is continuing to make proposals and negotiate in good faith to reach a contract settlement that is satisfactory to all parties even in these challenging economic times. As was noted in the previous message, negotiation sessions are scheduled for April 28, May 5, May 19 and May 26.

Despite ongoing negotiations, information was made public recently that the UIS United Faculty membership has authorized a strike, possibly before the end of the current semester. In light of these developments, we know employees may have questions about how, if a strike occurs, it may affect them and the campus. Whether you are a member of the union or part of some other employee group, it is important that you be well informed on these matters.

Please take the time to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted on the Human Resources website. We hope this will help you with any questions, concerns or decisions. You may also wish to review the Frequently Asked Questions that have been provided for students.

It is important to remember that a work stoppage will do nothing to change the constraints that limit what we can ultimately provide in the new union contract. It will also not improve the financial situation that constrains what the University can do in these negotiations.

The campus remains committed to fulfilling our educational mission. Our students are entitled to the education they have come to the University of Illinois Springfield to receive, many with substantial sacrifice by them and their families. Should there be a strike, the campus will monitor the situation closely and assess options for dealing with any disruption that might occur to minimize the harm that a work stoppage could cause.

We greatly appreciate the contributions of our outstanding faculty and will continue to work with the union negotiators to reach a satisfactory agreement.