After spending a half-hour socializing, filling up at the burrito bar, and enjoying quality Oregon-based wine and beers, the members got down to business.
AFT-Oregon President David Rives updated the members on the several issues facing us on a state level, including the opportunities we now have after the Democrats solidified their hold on the statehouse. Susan Miller from AFT-Oregon reminded everyone of the AFT and AFT-Oregon benefits packages that all full members of the union can access and encouraged people to contact her susanm[at]aft-oregon[dot]org.
Joe Henry, President of the GTFF, spoke to the members about their bargaining struggles and their upcoming strike. He invited all members of campus to a labor rally in front of Johnson Hall at 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 12. Please plan to attend the rally if at all possible, the GTFF needs to show the administration the campus stands behind them.
Our old friend from the AAUP, Mike Mauer, addressed the crowd about the goings on at AAUP. The AAUP has authorized an investigating team to visit UIUC to investigate, for possible censure, in the Prof. Stephen Salaita case. The AAUP and the AFT have begun negotiations for a 1st contract for the NTTF at UIUC, and we are jointly organizing the TT (the faculty at UIUC are in two separate bargaining units, as required by state law). He also reminded the members to check out the latest Academe that has an article by our very own Ron Bramhall.
The Chairs of the our committees gave updates on their actions over the summer. While all the updates were packed with information, the highlight was most assuredly Bill Harbaugh's announcement that we have successfully concluded our first audit. Each year, all AFT Locals with more than 1000 bargaining unit members (that's us), are requiredto undergo an outside audit. Not only was our audit successful, but Bill assured us that there will be no need to raise dues for the foreseeable future.
The meeting ended on time at 7 pm, but many faculty kept conversations going for another hour or so.