A reader of the blog pointed out that SIUC is threatening non-tenure track faculty with layoff or reduction to part time if they fail to accept the 4 administrative closure days the administration proposed. WSIL says 9 faculty have already received layoff notices and 76 more will have spring hours cut:
The Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association says nine people received layoff notices -- another 76 were told their hours will be cut.
The NTT is one of the unions still in contract negotiations with the university. Members have not agreed to any unpaid closure days.
The university calls Friday's announcement "proposed layoffs." But the union says employees received official notifications by certified letter -- and that it could be against the law.
No matter how you slice it, this doesn't put the university in a good light. Hitting people with layoffs without warning and a week before Christmas, or even using them as a threat, the way the SI article positions it, does nothing to foster any better relations between faculty and administration.