RAFO Members, 

Consider serving on the RAFO Executive Committee.  We need your passion, energy, and talent.  

Call for Nominations
RAFO encourages all full bargaining unit members interested in serving the union as an Executive Officer to nominate themselves by email. The bargaining unit will be voting for these positions when we complete a vote to ratify the new contract. All positions hold a two-year commitment and are compensated by stipend. 
The positions on the Executive Committee include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, and Grievance Chair. Descriptions of each position is found on the RAFO website at www.rafo.org.
If you are interested in running for any of the officer positions, please respond by Friday, August 21.

Roosevelt University has updated its protocols for the return to campus this fall. Please take advantage of the links below for recordings of helpful information sessions. 


Campus Mask Protocol

As a reminder, for everyone’s safety, you must wear a mask on campus.

  • If you’re in a publicly accessible area, you must wear a mask.
  • If you’re near another person, you must wear a mask.
  • If you’re alone in your office with the door open, you must wear a mask.

If you see someone not complying with the mask protocol, notify Campus Safety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (312) 341-2020.

Please remember to maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

Return to Campus Information Session Recordings

Thank you to all the members of the Roosevelt community for attending our Return to Campus Information Sessions. If you were unable to attend, you can still view the session recordings below:

Returning to Campus with the Roosevelt App

This week Roosevelt University launched a new version of the Roosevelt mobile app. All students, faculty and staff are required to complete a self-assessment each day they intend to visit campus; a clearance to enter after accurately submitting the form must be shown to Campus Safety staff in order to enter a University building.

If you plan to be on campus this fall, downloading the app will save you time accessing all Roosevelt facilities.

Download the “Roosevelt University Mobile” app from the Apple (roosevelt.edu/ios) or Google (roosevelt.edu/android) stores.

Have a great weekend. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Kind Regards,

Roosevelt COVID-19 Response Team

Link to an information session about precautions for opening Roosevelt in the fall. 


We strive to keep our membership and the wider university community informed about what measures the university is taking to open the university safely this fall.

If you were unable to attend the most recent information session, please use this link for a recording of the session.

RAFO will continue to post additional updates, so that we can best ensure one another's safety. 

We are all in this together. 



The RAFO Front Table Team continues negotiations with the University for a 2021-2024 contract. The negotiations began at the end of April, and we have had nine bargaining sessions with the University. While not complete, we have made steady progress, and we believe we are close to finalizing a proposed contract for our membership.  No surprise - the biggest stumbling block has been money.

One of the key elements is the first year of the contract. The University has been adamant on a 0% increase for the 2020/2021 academic year, and the RAFO team has been similarly insistent that this is unacceptable. One of the University’s reasons for the 0% is the current climate. With the COVID-19 lockdown, and all of the ensuing actions the University has had to take, we do not think the University will move from the 0%. With that in mind, the Front Table Team might accept the 0% in the first year if the University agrees to what we are asking for in the subsequent years. While we are not at liberty to state where we want to land, rest assured we are working as diligently as possible for a fair and equitable contract.

In solidarity,

Your RAFO Front Table Team

Donald Wlodarski, Joseph Fedorko, Stanford Traywick, Amelia Hicks, Mike Pinsof, Dennis Tucker and Jen Wilson


Now that our Spring sessions are over, it is time for us as instructors to think about how COVID has already affected how we teach - and how such factors as social distancing and 'dual modality' course designs will affect us for at least the Fall semester.  

Join RAFO and your fellow teachers for a discussion about the nuts and bolts of teaching this Fall. While this talk can inform RAFO in our ongoing contract negotiations, our primary goal is to help you prepare for the Fall with practical ideas, as well as give all of us some much-needed perspective on how COVID has affected everyone.


Topic: RAFO Members Chat - COVID and the Classroom
Time: Jun 5, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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RAFO Members:

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.

In solidarity,

Don Wlodarski and the RAFO team:

Jen Wilson, Joseph Fedorko, Amelia Hicks, Stan Traywick, Mike Pinsoff and Dennis Tucker