TO: IEA Board and Staff
Statement from Illinois Education Association on the disaffiliation vote by some members of the Part-time Faculty Association (P-Fac)
Springfield, IL – Jan. 21, 2015 – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) values the right of IEA members to vote on important issues and to have the results of their vote respected.
As advocates for our members, the organization also is obligated to ensure that important elections such as the P-Fac disaffiliation vote, which began during the winter holiday recess at Columbia College and concluded today at noon, are conducted fairly and legally.
The final vote was 232 for and 50 against disaffiliation. P-fac claims that 585 were eligible to vote so just over 300 members did not vote and they failed by a considerable margin to get 2/3 of the entire membership.
Members of P-Fac have raised significant questions and complaints about the way the disaffiliation election was conducted.
Their concerns include the potential disenfranchisement of some eligible voters, whether the local’s constitution regarding disaffiliation votes has been properly followed, and whether those who were not in support of disaffiliation have been denied equal access and the same democratic rights to communicate with the membership as those in favor of disaffiliation.
In the days and weeks to come, IEA will conduct an investigation of issues and complaints surrounding the election. During this time, IEA will continue to honor our commitments to P-Fac members and provide updates as appropriate.