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To: Tenure Track Faculty

Dear Colleagues:

Today I provided updates to the academic appointees whom we had previously contacted concerning the petition that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed to represent part-time and full-time non-tenure-track academic appointees who teach at the University. See below for my full message to those who are eligible to vote in the upcoming election.

The original proposed bargaining unit and hence set of eligible voters was a heterogeneous group with very different roles within the scope of the University's academic activities. Accordingly, the University and SEIU have agreed to exclude a number of appointees from the election, including Dickson Instructors, Harper Schmidt Fellows, most senior lecturers, and some academic appointees who teach courses in the Financial Mathematics Program and the Department of Computer Science. This is in addition to the groups who were excluded from SEIU's initial petition, such as individuals who teach at Chicago Booth School of Business, the Law School, the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Pritzker School of Medicine. About 175 academic appointees are eligible to vote.

I will continue to send updates concerning this process. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions.

Eric D. Isaacs
ProvostĀ 

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To: Included Tenure Track Faculty

Dear Colleagues:

I have several updates to share concerning the election petition that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed to represent part-time and full-time non-tenure-track academic appointees who teach at the University.

The original proposed bargaining unit and hence set of eligible voters was a heterogeneous group with very different roles within the scope of the University's academic activities. You continue to be an eligible voter included in the bargaining unit that SEIU is seeking to represent.

The University and SEIU have agreed to exclude a number of appointees from the election, including Dickson Instructors, Harper Schmidt Fellows, most senior lecturers, and some academic appointees who teach courses in the Financial Mathematics Program and the Department of Computer Science. This is in addition to the groups who were excluded from SEIU's initial petition, such as individuals who teach at Chicago Booth School of Business, the Law School, the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Pritzker School of Medicine. About 175 academic appointees are eligible to vote.

The election will be conducted by mail. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will mail ballots to eligible voters on November 20, and voters must return their ballots by the close of business on December 8. SEIU and the University are continuing discussions to ensure that the lead-up to the election is orderly and fair.

As part of the election process, the NLRB requires the University to furnish SEIU with your contact information. NLRB rules specify that this disclosure is mandatory and must include "modern forms of contact information such as personal email addresses and phone numbers." Please be aware that because of this requirement, the University must provide SEIU with the personal contact information that you have recorded in Workday.

Please contact my office or consult the informational page on the provost's website if you have any questions.

Eric D. Isaacs
Provost

edited on 22 June 2016 for accuracy