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Budgeting for the Common Good at Loyola University Chicago


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Budgeting for the Common Good at Loyola University Chicago

JOIN US NEXT WEDNESDAY in our first meeting to brainstorm about how to make the university's budget process more fair, equitable, and in line with Loyola's social justice mission. The University is 1032 W Sheridan Rd and we will be in Mundelein which is the tall building on the corner of sheridan and kenmore! If you have any trouble finding it call Melinda Bunnage at 206 458 9138! Please RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/cTIJUew28x28dNRJ3!

What do you think LUC should be prioritizing in its budget?
How do you think we can come together to make sure they do that?

We, the faculty, workers, students, and community neighbors of Loyola University Chicago, want to weigh in on the budgeting process for the university to hold it to account to its Jesuit emphasis on social justice for all.

Recently, despite President Jo Ann Rooney's remarks in response to the Just Employment Task Force report aboout Loyola's strong "deep commitment to human dignity in the workplace", the university administration has engaged in the following:

-Ignored the democratically won Graduate Student Worker Union and officially refused to bargain with them [THIS WEEK]

-Slow-rolled bargaining negotiations with the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Union such that no meaningful agreements have been reached for over 16 months

-Continued to pay adjunct faculty and grad workers poverty-level wages, with sub-standard or no benefits

-Ignored the inequalities in pay and raises [up to 87%] for some administrators making almost a half a million dollars while wages were stagnant or substandard for other employees

-Consistently raised tuition for students and undergraduate student enrollment to pay for this while increasing student debt loads and class sizes

-Invested in developing the neighborhood with little to no input from community members

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