Faculty member opposing strike
I would like to respond to the article about the strike-authorization vote by the Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition Local 6546 at the University of Illinois.
This article states "that union members 'overwhelmingly' endorsed forming a strike committee." This is a misrepresentation, as the union made no attempt to poll all NTT faculty they supposedly "represent."
I have been NTT faculty since 2003. Over this entire period, I have been treated very equitably.
I have had performance evaluations and received merit-based pay increases until August 2014.
On Aug. 5, 2014, I received notice that I was now part of a bargaining unit — by fiat, not by choice — and therefore the pay increase I had been given could not be implemented until an agreement was reached with the union, which has still not happened.
I was never asked if I wanted to be part of a union or given opportunity to vote on whether I felt a strike was merited (the answer to both questions is "absolutely not").
For over 20 months the so-called representation by a union, which I do not wish to be a part of, has provided no benefit, only costs.
Now this union wants me to engage in a strike against an employer that has always treated me well.
I want the public to know that there are NTT faculty on this campus who are very grateful to be part of this outstanding institution, who do not endorse this action, and who will absolutely not support any strike or action against the university.
ARTHUR R. SCHMIDT
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois