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Make the Strike as Short as Possible: Call the Administration–You pay their salaries

Interim Provost, Robert Easter: (217) 244-4545
Christopher Kennedy: (312) 527-7890 extension 7890

You can also send emails via Citizenspeak to Provost Easter and Chair of the Board of Trustees Christopher Kennedy


  • Ask for Robert Easter or Christopher Kennedy. If they are not available, ask to leave a message.
  • Introduce yourself and any affiliation with the University (especially if you are a current student, an alumnus, the parent of a student, or a faculty/staff member).

I support the GEO and urge you to call off the strike by securing tuition waivers for graduate employees. Tuition waivers ensure the quality and competitiveness of the U of I and ensure that graduate education at the University of Illinois is accessible.

Thank you

Graduate employees have voted for strike action, but there is still time to avoid that if the administration engages positively with the wage concerns of those employees.

  • The campus budget grew by 7% in FY09, but the percentage devoted to instruction grew by only 0.8%. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that the university lives up to its responsibilities as a land grant institution that serves the public good and is committed to high quality instruction and research.
  • The public higher education system has a responsibility to ensure accessibility to all. The GEO’s requests for  secured tuition waivers, would increase access to graduate education and would also improve the quality of instruction and research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Putting language in the contract to protect tuition waivers will cost the university no funds, whatsoever, since this is already a current practice.

About Contract Negotiations

The Graduate Employees’ Organization, AFT/IFT Local 6300, AFL-CIO at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, calls for the support of undergraduate students, parents of undergraduates, and citizens of Illinois. As a final recourse to secure tuition waivers for graduate employees, the GEO has authorized a strike against the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois to begin at 8am on Monday morning.

After nearly seven months of negotiations, the GEO believes that we have provided the administration with every opportunity to avert a strike and ensure that classes are not disrupted. Our teaching and our relationships with our students is an incredibly rewarding part of our work and a top priority. However, we have been given no choice but to withhold our labor in order to secure tuition waivers. This request will not increase the University’s costs, but it will help maintain the quality and accessibility of this university. If tuition waivers were rescinded, graduate education would be even further restricted to those with access to significant financial resources and our public university system will have failed in its core mission to guarantee access to education. We hope that undergraduates and parents of undergraduates will stand with us in holding the administration accountable.

Robert Easter, Interim Provost
Phone: (217) 244-4545Christopher G. Kennedy, Chair, University of Illinois Board of TrusteesPhone: (312) 527-7890 extension: 7890


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