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NIU union members to protest for fair contracts Nov. 20

DeKALB – In their fight for a fair union contract, Northern Illinois University employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will stage a protest Nov. 20 outside Altgeld Hall.

The event will last from noon to 1 p.m. Members of AFSCME Local 1890, a group of more than 600 administrative and clerical professionals, and AFSCME Local 963, a group of around 275 building service and campus dining employees, will be involved in the rally, but all are welcome.

Local 1890 has been in negotiations for its first collective bargaining agreement since February 2016. After the union filed unfair labor practice charges against the university for not bargaining in good faith, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board ordered NIU to rescind parking fee increases for union members before that matter had been fully negotiated.

NIU is yet to respond to this ruling, according to AFSCME spokesperson Sara Dorner.

Local 963 has been negotiating for a successor agreement since August. According to an AFSCME news release, the university would not discuss the possibility of administering a three percent wage increase for union members that was approved for all non-union employees in October.

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