“United Mind Workers” SIU-E faculty celebrate their new union at Mother Jones Monument

“United Mind Workers” SIU-E faculty celebrate their new union at Mother Jones Monument

On Labor Day, core organizers of the new faculty union at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville came to the Mother Jones monument in Mt. Olive to commemorate and celebrate (yes, with the traditional Irish whiskey) their achievement: they filed with the Labor Board this week for their new union. (Edwardsville is around 20 miles from Mt. Olive.)

SIUE core organizers of the new faculty union.

SIUE core organizers of the new faculty union.

Kim Archer, music professor at SIUE faculty union president and Interim President with Dave Vitoff, Illinois Education Association staff member and organizer.

Kim Archer, music professor at SIUE faculty union president and Interim President with Dave Vitoff, Illinois Education Association staff member and organizer.

Solidarity Forever!

Solidarity Forever!

Kim Archer, a music professor and key organizer of the union effort, took inspiration from these past struggles as she and other professors have experienced anti-union attacks in recent days.

We are inspired that these “United Mind Workers” sought out this monument to honor the past as they seek to change the possibilities for their future, and the future of their students.

To learn more about the issues of the SIUE faculty organizing, see these articles:

SIUE tenure-track faculty files paperwork to unionize  Sept 6

SIUE faculty files with state for union recognition – St. Louis Business Journal  Sept 6


Telegraph | SIUE Faculty Association submits petition for union …   Sept 5

 

I am the director of the Mother Jones Heritage Project. I teach labor history at Northern Illinois University and am completing a book, Labor Rights and Freedom Struggles in the Illinois Coal Fields.

1 Comment

  1. Jeana Brown 3 years ago

    Thank Golly and Goodness! That is the best news I’ve heard in months. My gratitude for the task you all have undertaken speaks. I love you all, very, very much. Onward and Upward for the battle of the Mind; for Unions teach us to love one another The Heart follows the Mind. God Bless you all and ALL of your endeavors.

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