Faculty Contract Exploration Notes, October 20

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

First of all, I wanted to thank Dr. Heard for typing up the minutes.  Thank you.

Secondly, the members who were present wanted me to reiterate the purpose of the Contract exploration meetings.

We are going into negotiation for our Contract next year.  I know it seems like it is far away, but it is better that we get prepared early.

We have never had a Contract committee like this one that actually had time to review the Contract because previous presidents negotiated the Contract without our input.  Even during the strike of 2004, I am not sure that our rank-and-file members were involved.  That won’t be the case this time because each chapter chair WILL serve on the negotiation team, and our president is more democratic.

The purpose of this first meeting was for me to explain some background on negotiation, list who most likely will be on the negotiation team, establish ground rules, and then collectivize how we would move forward.  The small group that met did excellent work:

They decided that we will have face-to-face and regular surveys and review the entire Contract, page by page. 

We did list issues that were a major concern, but specific details will remain with me.  The administration does not need to know what these discussions entail.  Period.

I hope the purpose of these meeting is clearer.  We will continue with the H.W.C. Professional meeting tomorrow, 2p.m. to 3p.m. in room 609.

Below, see the minutes we can send out.  I am also attaching the PowerPoint presentation, in case you cannot make the meetings.

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Faculty Contract Review Meeting—Oct 20, 2016, 2:00pm

Minutes:

  • Discussed process by which we would review the current contract and other comparable Contracts
  • Decided that we will do a face-to-face survey of Faculty member in addition to a regular survey
  • Discussed the idea of saving money during the strike and other possibilities to assist people
  • Decided to review the Contract page by page.We began reviewing the Contract through page 5.
  • The next meeting is scheduled for November 10th from 2p.m. to 3p.m.

Decisions:  Jesú will send out the PowerPoint she presented and also will explain, again, the purpose of the Exploration Meeting for people who were not present.

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District Professional Contract Exploration Meeting

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

In an effort to post immediate updates and try to avoid confusion, I am reviving the blog for meetings announcements and updates.  (I will still use other means, but given the room reservation challenges and different meetings, I am using the blog for final meeting announcements.)

I am also separating the announcements for H.W.C. FacultyH.W.C. ProfessionalsDistrict Professionals, and Security Contract Explorations.  Right now, we are focusing on the Faculty and Professionals.  We will focus on Security when Mr. Fitzgerald starts meetings again.

To that end District Professional Contract Committee is scheduled on the following days:

Friday, October 28, from 11a.m. to 1p.m. in Room 309-310

Friday, November 18, from 10a.m. to 12:30p.m. in Room 309-310

==>Friday, December 2, from 1p.m. to 2p.m. in Room 1003.  

Annual Holiday Party, Saturday, December 10, Anna’s Asian Bar and Grill, 7p.m. to 11p.m.

This is the last meeting of the semester.

In Solidarity,

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada
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H.W.C. Professional Contract Exploration Committee

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

In an effort to post immediate updates and try to avoid confusion, I am reviving the blog for meetings announcements and updates.  (I will still use other means, but given the room reservation challenges and different meetings, I am using the blog for final meeting announcements.)

I am also separating the announcements for H.W.C. FacultyH.W.C. ProfessionalsDistrict Professionals, and Security Contract Explorations.  Right now, we are focusing on the Faculty and Professionals.  We will focus on Security when Mr. Fitzgerald starts meetings again.

To that end H.W.C. Professional Contract Committee is scheduled on the following days:

Friday, October 21, from 2p.m. to 3p.m. in 609 

==>Friday, November 11, afternoon in 612

(Should we have one in December?)

In Solidarity,

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada
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Upcoming Faculty Contract Exploration Meetings

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

In an effort to post immediate updates and try to avoid confusion, I am reviving the blog for meeting announcements and updates.  (I will still use other means, but given the room reservation challenges and different meetings, I am using the union blog.)

I am also separating the  announcements for H.W.C. Faculty, H.W.C. Professionals, District Professionals, and Security Contract Explorations.  Right now, we are focusing on the Faculty and Professionals.  We will focus on Security when Mr. Fitzgerald starts meetings again.

To that end H.W.C. Faculty Contract Committees are scheduled on the following days:

Thursday, October 20, from 2p.m. to 3p.m. in 1046.  

Thursday, November 10, from 2p.m. to 3p.m. in 1046. 

(Should we have one in December?)

All Faculty Contract exploration meetings will take place in 1046 from now on.  We plan on meeting once a month for now.

In Solidarity,

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada
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Important Lobby Day, Wednesday, April 20th

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Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

Important Lobby Day, this Wednesday, April 20th! We need teachers and your students to be there.

Thanks to our union leadership, President Tony Johnston and his efforts in reaching politicians, and our collective efforts, our union bill (not the CPS one) to have an elected school board is at the hearing level in Springfield. That is a huge victory!

But, we need your students, to address these politicians to vote on, and push our bill forward. We can provide transportation and hotel accommodations for our student speakers.

If you have students who may be interested, connect them to Sean Noonan, CCCTU Legislative Chair.  I can provide that information via my gmail.

We will also be protesting Rauner and having a demonstration at the capital and outside his mansion.

Join us! Fight for our students!  Fight for our futures!  We can do this together, all of us. 

I have four seats available, for anyone else who wants to come the day of to lobby for our interests, but you will be traveling with my whole family.  We will leave at 6a.m.

In Solidarity,

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada

H.W.C. Professionals May Attend the Union Banquet, May 13.

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Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

To support our scholarship winners, HR has agreed to have you attend the May 13th banquet.  See the Google list for the full email.

If you attend you must:

  

   (1)  Notify AND get permission to attend from your supervisor.
   (2)  You must get confirmation of your schedule change.

   (3)  Make up your time the day you come to the banquet.  (I know, it wasn’t a  total win.  District sisters and brother, I am going to try to get the same deal from the Director of HR there.)

To that end, we will have the scholarships awarded from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. and continue with the program after that.  There is a great probability that we will give out other awards from 3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  I am also inviting a special guest to attend.  More information is coming. 

Finally, we will have an dessert table as well as some live music performed by our students (not a band), to ease some of the pain of not having wine or drinks.  Furthermore, we will have donation-based raffles since we can’t sell tickets, sans bottles of alcohol. 

It will be the best non-alcoholic banquet ever!

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada

More April 1st Images

I will post pictures as I get approval to post them.  We had so many union members, both from the city and suburbs, attend, it really was another beautiful solidarity action!  Let’s keep the momentum going.

Below, our student ally Victor Guzman with a member of a Japanese delegation.  They were part of the Fight for $15 group.  (We are pound of you Victor!)studentwithvictor.jpgstudentvictorguzman