SOURCE: Illinois Education Association

August 25, 2010 10:52 ET

UAFA at East-West University to Protest Administration for Firings

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - August 25, 2010) - The United Adjunct Faculty Association at East-West University plans to protest actions of the school's chancellor and provost who fired numerous adjunct faculty members who played a role in organizing an on-campus union.

The picket and protest will be held at the university, 816. S. Michigan Ave., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The groups will gather to demonstrate their opposition to EWU Chancellor Mohammad Khan and Provost Madhu Jain's firing of adjunct faculty at the university. The adjunct faculty is the largest workforce at the university. Many of those fired were involved in organizing a union at EWU.

The National Labor Relations Board has decided to support an unfair labor practice claim that the administration violated EWU adjuncts' rights and has proposed remediation in the case. The university's administration, so far, has not complied with the NLRB's proposal to settle the dispute with the union.

During the spring 2010 quarter, there were 56 adjunct faculty members at EWU and 14 full-time faculty members. The UAFA plans to vote for NEA/IEA labor union representation this fall. Khan and Jain continue to fire experienced adjunct faculty who were instrumental in organizing the UAFA, actions that stand opposed to the country's long-standing labor laws, according to the UAFA.

The UAFA will be joined by the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association and other supportive organizations in the picket.

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