RAFO Executive Committee offers sincere thanks to all of the presenters, discussion leaders, and attendees who made our first annual Adjunct to Adjunct Professional Development Conference a successful attempt to share best practices. Presentations varied from “Life Coaching in the Classrooms” by Elizabeth-Anne Stewart to “Adjuncting is Changing! Are You Ready?” by Jacqueline Trussell. Additional conference topics included incorporating Zoom video techniques into the classroom, experiential learning, examining the core pedagogies, and incorporating mock trials in the classroom to improve analytical skills.

Both presenters and attendees offered positive suggestions and commentary for improving the conference structure, future sessions, and encouraging members to attend the professional development offered by the RAFO union. Attendees enjoyed plenty of face time with the Executive Committee, discussions on the enrollment numbers and updates of the state of university. Beverly Stewart of IEA Higher Education finalized our conference with a summary of the possibility of Illinois higher education adjuncts receiving unemployment benefits during the summer term and the current political hurdles of making this a law. The Q&A session that followed reiterated the important of adjunct faculty improving their professional development and making themselves marketable in a challenging job climate.

Continue to follow RAFO on our website at www.rafo.org and on Facebook and Twitter. For future professional development opportunities, we plan to offer reimbursements for the IEA One Conference, the Writing on the Edge Conference at College of DuPage, and opportunities to apply for a RAFO mini grants in Spring 2020. We strive to improve the professional development of the Roosevelt University adjunct faculty.

In solidarity,
RAFO Executive Committee

The Illinois Education Association is seeking proposals from presenters for the 2019 One Conference on October 4-5, at the DoubleTree Hotel, in Oak Brook, Illinois. The focus of the Conference will be on Advocacy, Leadership and Professional Development. Only fully completed proposals will be accepted. The deadline for proposals is June 7, 2019. Trainers for the sessions selected will be notified by e-mail.

RAFO would like to see more involvement from higher education and encourages members to present! 

Click here to submit your proposal to the IEA 2019 One Conference.

On Friday, April 26, RAFO will be holding our first Professional Development Conference, Adjunct to Adjunct, for all full bargaining unit members. We will be in the Auditorium building, Room 825, from 9:00 a.m. - 3: 45 p.m.

Members will present on topics like experiential learning, mock trials as classroom exercises, life coaching in the classroom, changing roles for adjunct faculty, common core, using ice breakers to open dialogues, and ZOOM as a classroom tool.

A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided.

View the agenda here.

If you have questions or wish to let us know you're coming, please email Dr. Ami Hicks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or RAFO (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We look forward to your attendance--this is a call to action! We want you to help us build our community and share your expertise!

Thank you to the Bargaining Unit Members who came out and voted for our Spring 2019 referendum. All three conditions passed and will be implemented this coming Fall, during the 2019/2020 academic year, including the dues increase in 2019 from $125 to $150 for full Bargaining Unit Members. 

On the April 12th payroll, per the agreement in the RAFO contract, all bargaining unit members who are teaching in the Spring 2019 term will receive a one-time bonus of 2%. Roosevelt University will be notifying bargaining unit members through RU email this week. 

Finally, if you have a desire to become more involved in serving the union on either governance or the front table bargaining team, please contact me over the next two weeks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it... Nominations for Senate and College Council will be distributed in April by RU email. The RAFO Executive Committee encourages full members to engage in representing their college by serving on one of these governance committees. 

In solidarity, 

Jen Wilson, President



RAFO has donated to UIC GEO's strike fund. If you wish to donate individually, please click here to find their fundraising campaign. We've all been graduate students, so we know a part of their struggle.

The following message is an update from their Fundraising Campaign.

As we move into the second week of our strike, we want to thank you for the help you have given us. Seeing all of the donations and messages of support roll in from undergraduates, faculty, staff, family, alumni, fellow union members, and allies from all across the country, we have known that we are not alone in facing a university administration that does not value our labor. Besides keeping our picketers fed, our signs waving, and our megaphone batteries charged, your donations have also given striking grad workers more confidence that they are protected from HR’s threats to dock their pay.

We were prepared for a long fight, and since the administration has certainly made no real move to change anything, we may be out for some time yet to come. For this reason, you will notice that we are raising the cap on donations to our strike fund, which, thanks to your help, has already almost reached our initial goal. If you know of any others who may be inclined to support our strike, please pass along the link. And thank you for your contribution to the fight to uphold the dignity of labor!

In solidarity,

UIC GEO Local 6297

Help spread the word!


RAFO Members:

As lead negotiator for the 2020-2024 contract, I am pleased to announce that your negotiating team and Roosevelt University have come to an agreement. RAFO is extremely pleased with the final outcome and we believe you will be, too. The University was adamant on 0% for the first year, but as an offset for that 0%, we negotiated a signing bonus of $150 for each bargaining unit member that taught either in Spring 2020 or will teach in the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. That then takes us into the final three years of the contract where adjuncts will receive a 2% increase for each of those years.

As I hope you can see from the above, RAFO worked hard to ensure that you are rewarded for the professionalism and integrity all have shown during these unusual and trying times. We are attaching a copy of the final contract for you to review and eventually ratify. The areas that appear in green are changes that were made to the verbiage in the contract that will support RAFO during the upcoming 4 years.  Appendix A reflects the 2% increase for each step in the final three years.

A link with the time will be sent next week for all to join this a zoom meeting, where we can answer your questions about the contract.

In closing, we hope you will be as excited as we are regarding the new contract.

In solidarity,

Don Wlodarski and the RAFO team:

Jen Wilson, Joseph Fedorko, Amelia Hicks, Stan Traywick, Mike Pinsoff and Dennis Tucker