Press Release

AFT Denounces Anti-Union Actions at East-West University

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Sunday, July 11, 2010


AFT Media Affairs

SEATTLE—The American Federation of Teachers today denounced the anti-union actions of East-West University in Chicago, and called upon the administration to cease its intimidation practices immediately and allow a democratic union election to go forward, as permitted under state law.

The adjunct faculty of East-West University, working with the Illinois Education Association, organized and filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board on May 26. Immediately after the election petition was filed, university Chancellor Mohammad Wasiullah Khan sent a letter to all adjunct faculty indicating that none would have their employment contracts renewed for the summer term, and that if they wanted to work at the university in the fall, they would be required to meet with the chancellor before being hired.

The AFT delegates to the national union’s convention in Seattle approved a resolution denouncing the university’s action. “Such unwarranted strong-arm, anti-union tactics are meant to intimidate employees and interfere with their democratic right to vote for union representation,” the resolution said.

The AFT is holding its biennial convention July 7-11 in Seattle. Coming together under the theme “Building Futures Together,” more than 3,000 delegates have voted on major union policies that address the need to save and strengthen public education, build common cause with communities, and improve the institutions in which our members work.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.