Friday, August 14, 2015

Solidarity to Save Jobs - Jacqueline Thomsen, Inside Higher Ed

At Eastern Illinois University, tenured and tenure-track faculty are stepping up in the midst of a budget crunch to help those not on the tenure track keep their jobs. Unionized faculty members at the state institution have agreed to extend their contract for one year, delaying a 1.5 percent across-the-board raise, for which they had already negotiated. Those funds will be used to save the jobs of 29 annually contracted faculty, whose letters of intent for the upcoming semester were rescinded last month. On many campuses hit with deep budget cuts, adjuncts have had their jobs eliminated. It appears that Eastern Illinois would have been no exception, but for the union vote.

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