P-fac Strike Update

Cast your vote

Cast your strike vote at one of these 3 Membership Meetings.  If you are unable to attend contact info@pfac.org to arrange to vote online and ask any questions.  Our red P-fac t-shirts with the slogan We stand for students, not profits will be distributed at the meetings if you do not already have one.  Wear red this week in class:
1. Monday, November 20, 2017
      12:30pm-2:00pm 1104 S. Wabash, Rm 310
2. Monday, November 20, 2017
     4:30pm-6: 30pm 600 S. Michigan, Rm 811B (8th floor, faculty lounge)
3. Tuesday, November 21, 2017
     11:00am-12: 30pm 1104 S. Wabash, Rm 402
 
As we prepare, we are gathering the support of other union.  A highlight of the first day of the strike will be a press conference, at 11am, lead by Rev. CJ Hawking, Executive Director of Arise Chicago.  Rev. Hawking is well known labor activist and leader.  Arise has published a Workers Rights Manual, runs a Worker Center and has partnered with nearly 4000 workers to recover more than $6,300,000 in stolen wages and compensation and eradicate harassment and discrimination from the workplace.
Cast your vote! Make your voice heard! Stand up and be counted! Members in good standing are eligible to vote. 

How Long Will the Strike Last?

The strike will be 2 days, Wednesday, November 29th and Thursday, November 30th. Picketing will be from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Beginning in front of 600 south Michigan.
Wednesday will begin with attending your class and walking out at the appointed time, to join the picket line.  Detailed instructions for the strike days will be in future updates.  PLEASE COMMIT TO WALKING THE PICKET LINE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, ON BOTH DAYS – WHETHER YOU’RE TEACHING OR NOT.  Bring drums and other percussion instruments – maybe a guitar. Brush up on your labor songs! Wear Red.  It’s especially important to be there, at the start of the action – whether or not you teach on Wednesday, to greet our colleagues as they leave the buildings. Let’s be there for each other!
United We Stand!

Why Strike?

A strike vote will give our bargaining team the power to win the best contract possible for our members and stop union busting. The strike is a two-day show of solidarity to avoid longer actions. 

We are doing this, planning to strike, in response to the college’s bad faith bargaining and economic pressures. They have neglected to counter our proposals; used a strategy of confusion; attended sessions without anyone to who has decision-making power; been unable or unwilling to answer even basic questions; been unwilling to engage in dialogue or discuss rationale for proposals; refused to hear or provide data or examples of grievances etc. The College made unilateral changes to working conditions such as qualifications needed to teach courses and have created a new group of workers outside our unit to replace us.  These are bullying strategies and evidence of bad faith.  P-fac is forced to continuously file charges at the NLRB and in federal court which takes time and resources and in the meantime they continue to dilute the unit and ignore our contract and their bargaining obligations.

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