Eastern Illinois University - University Professionals of Illinois (EIU-UPI) is the Eastern chapter of University Professionals of Illinois. EIU-UPI is the collective bargaining agent for the faculty and academic support professionals at Eastern Illinois University.  We advocate for the interests of our members, to make them a priority for the University, state, and nation.

As professionals and intellectuals, our interests include a commitment to students and to academic quality. As part of the labor movement we support the interests of all working people in the spirit of solidarity.

Diversity Statement: 

The University Professionals of Illinois, EIU Chapter, is dedicated to bargaining for just, equitable, and safe working conditions on our campus. Our chapter recognizes that achieving fair working conditions for all our members means addressing the diverse needs of a diverse faculty and staff. We commit ourselves to building an exemplary educational community that offers a nurturing and challenging intellectual climate; a respect for the spectrum of human diversity; and a genuine understanding of the many differences—including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and religion—that enrich a vibrant residential and regional university. Acknowledging that our role as the bargaining representative requires us to represent the interests of the entire bargaining unit in the enforcement of the contract, the chapter therefore resolves to respect the dignity and uphold the rights of each of its members so that each can flourish professionally and succeed in contributing to the educational mission of the University.



IMPORTANT: Memorandum of Agreement and Voting Information

Summary of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

In a nutshell, all 29 ACF contracts—26 revoked and 3 reduced to 50%—would be restored for the fall semester. To make that possible, all bargaining unit members will defer the benefit of our negotiated 1.5% across-the-board increase until the following academic year. (Since we are in year four of a 4-year contract, the contract will be extended for one additional year: the 1.5% raise will be paid in year five of the contract.) UPI agrees to file no grievances on administrative actions taken to rescind the 29 contracts in question.

UPI and EIU administration agree that the dollar amount UPI members would defer is sufficient to give our affected colleagues a more reasonable amount of time to adjust to their unforeseen loss.

There may be sufficient dollars deferred to fund two additional possibilities, depending on how many ACFs choose to accept a renewed offer of employment.

  1. Any money left over after ACFs are rehired for this fall will be applied to spring semester contracts for those ACFs who qualified for a multi-year contract. If funds do not allow for full-time employment for all individuals in this situation, they will be offered less than 100% appointments on an equal basis.
  2. If all ACFs with multi-year contracts can be offered 100% appointments and there is still money left over, the remaining money will be applied to all bargaining unit members’ base salary in September 2016.

You may vote by paper ballot during the membership meeting or by following the E-Voting instructions (below). Additional information is available through the EIU-UPI Listserv and the EIU-UPI Chapter public Facebook group.

EIU-UPI General Membership Meeting and Paper Voting
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 4-6 p.m., Coleman Hall Auditorium (Room 1255) 

E-Voting Instructions - Ballots are due at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Follow the instructions to request your ballot before noon on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

FAQ/Answers to Anticipated Questions



Spring Election Results

The new officers and representatives will begin their term on August 1, 2015.

EIU-UPI Election Results
President: Jonathan Blitz
Vice President: Grant Sterling
Executive Assistant: Jeannie Ludlow
Unit A Representative: Sace Elder
Unit B ACF Representative: Lucinda Berry
Unit B ASP Representative: Debbie Barker

Tie for Treasurer: Gene Deerman v Renee King

UPI Election Results
President: John Miller
Executive Vice President: Steve Frankel
Treasurer: Edna Fry
Recording Secretary: John Allison (former EIU-UPI President)

Retirees Chapter President: Audrey Edwards (former EIU-UPI member)

The list of delegates and other election results are posted on the UPI Local 4100 website.



Join in the CUPB discussion

We urge all members of the EIU community to participate in the discussions of budget cuts taking place. Tom Hawkins is our CUPB representative. See this link for dates, times, locations and agendas of Friday afternoon meetings: http://castle.eiu.edu/~eiucupb/


EIU-UPI Listserv 

Join the EIU-UPI Listserv for announcements, updates, and discussion.


Facebook social icon EIU-UPI on Facebook

Join EIU-UPI Chapter on Facebook for up-to-date political and legislative news. 




Download the current Bylaws (Revision Approved by Members Spring 2014 and by the UPI Executive Board Aug. 22, 2014).


Know Your Weingarten Rights

If you face discipline on the job, you have the right to union representation. These are your "Weingarten Rights," Protected by the Supreme Court.

Tell your Supervisor : "If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I request that my union representative, officer, or steward by present at the meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions."

EIU Chapter President Ann Fritz217-581-6907
EIU Grievance Officer Eric Bollinger217-581-6653