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Service Employees International Union Petition

To: Tenure Track Faculty

Dear Colleagues:

Today I wrote to part-time and full-time non-tenure-track academic appointees who teach courses at the University to officially inform them that the Service Employees International Union has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to represent these appointees. To keep you apprised on this issue, I have included below the communications that I sent today to these colleagues.

Protest and Free Expression

To: Campus Community
From: Robert J. Zimmer and Eric D. Isaacs
Subject: Protest and Free Expression
Date: June 7, 2015

Within the past week, two protests on campus have violated the University’s long-standing commitment to free expression, as expressed over the years by multiple faculty committees and reports, most recently in the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression. We write to reaffirm these principles in the context of these recent events.  

Enhancing support for graduate students

To: Faculty, Students, Staff
From: Eric D. Isaacs
Subject: Enhancing support for graduate students
Date: May 20, 2015

Over the past several years, the University has focused on developing new resources for graduate education, and I am pleased today to announce the next phase of these efforts: UChicagoGRAD, a new office and comprehensive program designed to make resources for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars more accessible and more effective.

University of Chicago’s 125th Anniversary

To: All Faculty, Students, and Staff Members
From: Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Eric D. Isaacs, Provost
Subject: University of Chicago’s 125th Anniversary
Date: January 23, 2015

The University of Chicago marks the 125th anniversary of its 1890 founding this calendar year. Important milestones such as this are an opportunity to reflect on the University’s history, members of the University community past and present, and the founding principles that continue to inform the University’s direction.