I’m not sure why Northern Illinois University would think it would be advantageous to cut union members out of the “university-wide" three percent salary increase, but it’s not right. Not receiving a raise in seven years is punishment enough. Three percent barely makes a dent in our cost of living losses.
The loss of institutional memory caused by the diaspora of employees retiring or going to higher paying jobs is crippling parts of the university. Some areas cease to function until the new personnel acquaint themselves with university procedures. I saw this happen a couple of years ago in the graduate school and was just discussing with a co-worker today the same happening in other places, and the grave effects this stands to have on the NIU student experience.
Experienced workers are an asset. The university needs to treat them as such. I urge NIU trustees and administration to implement the three percent increase to all employee wages, union or not, at the earliest opportunity.
It’s the right thing to do.