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HJR 19: IBHE Study: The 91st
General Assembly passed HJR 19 requiring the Board of Higher Education to report to General
Assembly by December 15, 2001 regarding the use and compensation of part-time and
nontenure-track faculty at public universities and community colleges in Illinois. The
resolution directs the Board to consider policies designed to discourage overreliance on
part-time and nontenure-track faculty and to make recommendations concerning minimum salary
and fringe benefits provisions indexed to tenure-track faculty compensation to ensure fair
employment and consistent emphasis on quality instruction.
SB 314: Community
College Health Insurance: Introduced by Sen. Cronin and Rep. Saviano,
SB 314 permits part-time
community college employees to participate in the Community College Retired Health Insurance
Fix Full-Time/ Part-Time Ratio: Also this spring, Rep. Jay Hoffman introduced
establishing a 75% to 25% ratio of full-time
to part-time faculty at public colleges and universities. This ratio requirement would be
phased-in beginning in 2002 and universities and community colleges would be required to use
one-third of their additional state funding each year to increase the number of full-time
teaching positions until the ratio is achieved. This bill passed the House Higher Education
Committee, but the sponsor agreed to hold the bill until the IBHE submits its report on
part-time faculty issues in December, 2001.
Supply Funds for Teaching: This spring,
Rep. Crotty introduced HB 981,
which would have appropriated $10 million to the Illinois
Community College Board to award grants to community colleges districts in order to increase
the amount of credit hours taught by full-time faculty. The bill was never called for a vote
in the Appropriations Committee. It currently sits in the House Rules Committee.
Short Term Faculty: Introduced by Rep. Ryder and Sen. Dillard, this bill amends the Illinois
Educational Labor Relations Act expanding coverage to part-time faculty. Under the current
law, employees must have a "reasonable assurance" of continued employment thereby excluding
most part-time faculty from coverage under the Act. HB 1720
would require only a "reasonable expectation" of continued employment for collective bargaining
protection. This bill would make it easier for part-time faculty at public institutions to
organize a union.
Establish Bargaining Rights for all Part-Time Faculty: Introduced by Rep. Bob Ryan,
eliminates language in the Educational Labor Relations Act that denies part-time
community college faculty the right to organize. Under current law, part-time community
college faculty that teach fewer than 6 credit hours of instruction per academic semester are
excluded from coverage under the Act - thereby denying them the right to organize and bargain
collectively over wages, hours and working conditions. Eliminating this exclusion will
give all part-time academic employees at community colleges the right to vote on whether
or not they want a union to represent them and negotiate with the employer on their
behalf. HB 3066 does not mandate collective for part-time faculty. Members of the
faculty would have to file a petition with the board, hold an election and a majority
of the faculty members would have to vote for representation. But without a change in
the law, many part-time faculty are denied the right to even hold an election.
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