Contact information will be available for various committees and the General Assembly of Occupy Carbondale.
As we move forward in our movement the work of committees will become more and more important. Their use allows many ideas to be explored and debated prior to the advancement of an idea to a formal general assembly proposal or in some cases, calls for action. We anticipate with our planned move into the Independent Media Center (IMC) that committees will have a peaceful location in which to consider the issues they are charged with and expect some great results from their work. This page will serve as a central listing of active committees within our local occupy movement.
How will we do it?
We will be collecting a listing and creating a forum for each committee so that they can dispense information to those interested parties as they see fit. We will try to implement a method for those same interested parties to submit input to the committees for consideration in their efforts.
Eventually we will provide meeting times etc so that anyone interested can be included in the committee activities. For the moment we encourage anybody that would like to participate in this very important work to attend a general assembly and make direct contact with members of the committees.
Occupy Carbondale General Assembly Sanctioned Committees: (partial – more to come)OrganizationLiaison Committee
UPDATE: The strike is over! The four unions don’t have signed contracts yet, but three have Tentative Agreements and the fourth is working with the SIUC administration on the final details of their agreement. The picketing by the strikers and the outpouring of support from students and community members was surely a factor in pressuring the administration to make a deal with the Faculty Association.
For more information as it develops: SIUC Faculty Association.
There were four unions at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) that were considering striking: Faculty Association, Graduate Assistants United, Association of Civil Service Employees, and Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association. All four chose to authorize a strike. Three of the unions reached Tentative Agreements at the last moment while the fourth, the SIUC Faculty Association, engaged in a week-long strike which ultimately won concessions from the SIUC administration.
Occupy Carbondale stands in solidarity with the faculty, graduate assistants, and civil service employees of SIUC. These workers have gone over 450 days without a contract because the administration refuses to offer them a fair deal. For their sake, for the sake of the quality of education at SIUC, and for the good of the Southern Illinois community, we ask that the SIUC administration give these workers the fair contract that they’re asking for.
Here are the Facebook pages/events of several local efforts to support the workers of SIUC: