This message is being sent on behalf of the UIC Grad Employee Organization, the labor union that represents more than 1400 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at UIC. Thank you.
I hope that your semester has been going well thus far.
I’m writing you because our labor union needs help. Despite the best efforts of our bargaining team over the past nine months, we’ve been without a contract for the past six. The administration has been trying their best to drag negotiations on for as long as possible, cancelling bargaining sessions at the last minute, and making little or no attempt to find middle ground with us on issues like wages, fees, parental leave, protection from sexual harassment, and healthcare.
This Thursday at noon, we will be hand delivering Valentine’s day messages to the administration, telling them to stop breaking our hearts and to work with us to agree on a fair contract. We’ll begin congregating in the lobby of University Hall at 11:30am to compose our messages, and will head up to the top floor at 12:00 to hand deliver them, one by one, to the chancellor (or her secretary). The whole thing should be over by 12:30.
We really need your help, if you are able. We’re inviting the media to get our message out to the greater Chicago community, and really need this action to be big. If it is successful, this action has the potential to have a very positive effect on negotiations and help jump start a much needed discussion on campus.
Please come out and support our cause!!! Please share with other students.
Date: Thursday, February 14th
Location: University Hall
What: Delivering Valentine’s Day Messages to the UIC Administration
We will begin congregating in the ground floor lobby of University Hall at 11:30am in order to write valentine’s day messages to the administration (e.g. “Don’t break my heart, bargain with us”) and at 12:00 pm we’ll head up the elevators to the chancellor’s office where we will each hand deliver our messages to either the chancellor or the her secretary if the chancellor is unavailable.
The entire action should be over by 12:30. Even if someone is only able to stay for part of the action, their presence will be very valuable.