SIU Strike Countdown

SIU Strike Countdown
By: Arnold Wyrick

(Carbondale, IL)-- SIU Administrators  made their final offer to the Faculty Association. Now the final decision to strike rests in the hands of the union and it's members.

"It's not just about the money, because they have offered the money. But they have not made any movement on the other issues that we as a faculty are interested in. Such as having a say in who's hired,"says Morteza Daneshdoost President of SIU Faculty Association.

Right now no one knows how many teachers would walk out of their classrooms and onto the picket lines in a strike. But the University would have to try and replace them in the classroom. "Every Administrator has been asked to submit their names along with the course that they're qualified to teach, to the appropriate dean of that college," says Glen Poshard Vice Chancellor of Administration. "There are many retired faculty throughout this area who also have the qualifications. Business people and others in the community who may have the experience and background with qualifications to teach. The question is whether they'll choose to do that," said Poshard.

That's the unanswered question that many SIU students set to graduate in May, would like answered. "The chancellor made it clear that we're going to do everything we can to make sure that classes go on, and that the school year is not extended," Poshard said.

The Faculty Association will be reviewing the final proposal from the university during the next two days. Then they'll turn everything over to their Departmental Representative Counsel on Sunday for a vote on the proposal.

President Daneshdoost will hold a meeting with the members on Monday in the Newman Center on campus to inform them of what to do next.