Sunday, June 27, 2010

East-West Update

An EWU adjunct reports on the UAFA's (United Faculty Assoc) next move, Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

The United Adjunct Faculty Association (UAFA) at East-West University (EWU) remains determined to fight for its right to organize a labor union for its members. 

Many of you may have heard that EWU administration has offered an in increase in pay for adjuncts beginnning fall 2010. An adjunct professor with a M.A. will receive a 13% pay increase and one with a Ph.D will receive a 20% increase per 4 credit hour class with 35-42 students. To this present day, all the 8 fired adjuncts have not been rehired. As one of the fired adjuncts, I will tell you that I will not give up on this struggle. 

We all want our jobs back! Even in the face of financial difficulty and economic uncertainty, many UAFA members are pressing forward to bring fundamental change for the largest workforce at EWU: the adjunct faculty. Most of the fired adjuncts are filing for unemployment compensation. EWU administration has a long history of fighting against paying its adjuncts unemployment compensation. 

UAFA is meeting on Monday, June 28th afternoon in the Illinois Education Association office at 230 West Monroe Suite 2640 located in downtown Chicago from 4-6PM to strategize on our next move. 

Thank you for the support. We need all the help we can get. This struggle is far from over. Your suggestions are welcome! Please email UAFA at

In Solidarity, 
Fired UAFA member


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