The leadership of the FA put out an "Open Letter" attempting to respond to the Faculty for Sensible Negotiations--I'll past it beneath the break. The FSN themselves have just struck again, albeit only by reminding us about their picnic. They also announce a Facebook page, which at this early stage consists of their past announcements, including this last one, which I will therefore forego posting here, as I hunted their FB page down and just provided you with a handy link. Various confused things in the DE, including confusion attributed to me, correctly and incorrectly, follow as well.
A story on the decertification push in the DE rather comically attributes to me the power to elect both members of the Union's DRC and members of the Faculty Senate. This was due, the reporter has told me, to an editing error. I did manage to put my own foot in my mouth when responding to the charge, unquoted in the story but attributed by the reporter in our conversation to Professor Eichholz, that members of the DRC are not elected. They are elected, I responded, but granted that elections aren't exactly hotly contested. It's more a matter of rotation, at least in my department, where most FA members take their turn sooner or later. Faculty Senate elections are, of course, only a bit more contested (I was elected in an election that saw a 25% turnout). The reporter was trying to get some sense for which body was more "representative" (in one of the many senses of that ambiguous word). The DRC has representatives from more departments, though not from all; the Senate has representatives from all colleges, but not from most departments (in part because it is not designed to have that many members, in part because some departments, at least in my college, "hog" FS positions by doing a good job of getting their faculty to run and vote).
Marvin Kleinau has what frankly strikes me as a terribly confused op-ed in the DE in which he notes that tenured faculty were fired in 1973 and repeatedly refers in glowing terms to the AAUP. But while he notes that the AAUP blacklisted SIU in 1974, he fails to draw any moral from that story, nor does he engage substantively with AAUP guidelines for financial exigency. His conclusion is that the faculty must trust the BOT to declare financial exigency as they see fit (despite 1973), while the Chancellor should "give faculty a voice" in determining who would be fired. "Having a voice" falls rather short of what the AAUP suggests--does shouting at a protest outside Anthony Hall count as "having a voice", perhaps? He seems to conclude that we should all just get along and trust each other. Perhaps that could happen if some one individual, say me, were empowered to elect all members of the Faculty Senate, DRC, and BOT. I promise you all that if given the ring of power I would be completely trustworthy.