Monday, June 21, 2010

EWU protest news -- Solidarity alert!

We need to stand behind these colleagues -- for their sakes, and ours! (RR)

United Adjunct Faculty Association at East-West University News Advisory

Contact: Curtis Keyes, Jr. 312-497-3579 (June 20, 2010)

or Tom Gradel 773-561-1040

Adjunct Faculty Oppose Illegal Firing

at Chicago’s East-West University

Adjunct faculty members at East-West University will picket the university’s main entrance at 816 South Michigan Avenue on Monday morning to protest the abrupt firing of eight adjunct professors who were organizing for labor union representation.

“This is an outrageous violation of our country’s long-standing labor laws,” said Curtis Keyes, Jr., a spokesperson for the United Adjunct Faculty Association at East-West University. “This illegal act is also grossly unfair to experienced adjunct professors who have worked for many years educating students and helping East-West University growth as a respected member of Chicago’s higher education community,” Keyes added.

Many of the university’s 56 adjunct professors will participate in the protest and they will be joined by adjunct professors from numerous Chicago-area universities.

Protest Picket

East-West University, Chicago

816 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

8 to 9:45 AM, Monday

June 21, 2010

The adjunct professors at East-West University have not received a raise in pay in more than six years. Per 4 credit hour (course), they are paid significantly lower than what the university’s 14 full-time professors receive. Recently a majority of the university’s adjunct professors signed cards stating that they wanted to be represented by the United Adjunct Faculty Association in its effort to improve working conditions. The university’s administration responded by dismissing eight adjunct professors and summoning all adjuncts to individual meetings with the Chancellor to determine if they will again teach at East-West University.

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