Inside Higher Ed
August 6th, 2015
At Eastern Illinois University, tenured and tenure-track faculty are
stepping up in the midst of a budget crunch to help those not on the
tenure track keep their jobs.
Unionized faculty members at the state institution have agreed to
extend their contract for one year, delaying a 1.5 percent
across-the-board raise, for which they had already negotiated. Those
funds will be used to save the jobs of 29 annually contracted faculty,
whose letters of intent for the upcoming semester were rescinded last
Now those faculty members will be able to teach for at least one
semester. All faculty at the university are represented by the
University Professionals of Illinois, an affiliate of the American
Federation of Teachers.