By Irene F. Starkehaus -
UIC set a precedent for an entire network of Illinois colleges and universities when faculty members voted to unionize as the UIC United Faculty Union in 2012. The stated goals of UICUF:
Realizing the mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as a public research university in a democratic society.
Making sure that every member of the faculty has an individual voice and that the faculty as a whole has a collective voice in determining our future.
Making the promise of shared governance a reality by backing it with the power of collective bargaining.
Keeping the principles of academic freedom, free speech and free inquiry central both to our union and our university.
I love it when the top three goals of educators are about improving collective bargaining, don't you? Only when an equitable fair share of capital has been achieved can the collective be bothered worrying about the pursuit of educational excellence...which is their job description. And when you and your child sit down to consider higher learning opportunities that will set him or her on a path toward independence, I'm sure your primary consideration is faculty salaries and pensions. Am I right?