Food for thought in tough times.
"(T)he question is not whether we will be extremists, but rather what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? "
Martin Luther King, The Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
2020 was a tough year for all of us. Thanks to all of you for sticking together in the face of unprecedented challenges to higher education.
One bright spot was RAFO has a new contract with Roosevelt University. We this behind us, we look forward to working with University officials to ensure the welfare of students, teachers, and staff in what we hope is the final phase of this unprecedented pandemic.
So, from all of us at RAFO, we wish you and your loved ones as happy a new year as possible under the circumstances.
Your RAFO Executive Committee
RAFO is committed to helping adjuncts meet the extraordinary demands of teaching remotely during the pandemic. So, it has provided mini-grants to adjuncts, who need to upgrade their technology to meet these demands. Congratulations to the following recipients of the RAFO Technology Mini-Grants.
We need your input.
Three weeks ago, RAFO leadership and representatives met with President Ali and Toyia Stewart, Vice President of Human Resource Resources, for our regular semester meeting to discuss the financial health of the university and the current levels of enrollment. While we had many questions about the next steps with remote teaching and the students' response to a new style of learning, the main focus remained on the goal of Roosevelt University to acquire failing and struggling smaller colleges and university. Thereby, expanding our own university and building on the current student body.
Please join our virtual Town Hall as we continue the conversation with our membership and take questions about the university and the union's response to our new normal.
We look forward to speaking with you via Zoom on November 30th at 4 pm Central time.
RAFO Executive Committee.
Meeting Link: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/96786891482
Meeting ID: 967 8689 1482
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As lead negotiator for the 2020-2024 contract, I am pleased to announce that your negotiating team and Roosevelt University have come to an agreement. RAFO is extremely pleased with the final outcome and we believe you will be, too. The University was adamant on 0% for the first year, but as an offset for that 0%, we negotiated a signing bonus of $150 for each bargaining unit member that taught either in Spring 2020 or will teach in the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. That then takes us into the final three years of the contract where adjuncts will receive a 2% increase for each of those years.
As I hope you can see from the above, RAFO worked hard to ensure that you are rewarded for the professionalism and integrity all have shown during these unusual and trying times. We are attaching a copy of the final contract for you to review and eventually ratify. The areas that appear in green are changes that were made to the verbiage in the contract that will support RAFO during the upcoming 4 years. Appendix A reflects the 2% increase for each step in the final three years.
A link with the time will be sent next week for all to join this a zoom meeting, where we can answer your questions about the contract.
In closing, we hope you will be as excited as we are regarding the new contract.
Don Wlodarski and the RAFO team:
Jen Wilson, Joseph Fedorko, Amelia Hicks, Stan Traywick, Mike Pinsoff and Dennis Tucker
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