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NIU tenured professor's union ratifies new contract

Contract one step from approval pending board vote

Members of Northern Illinois University's United Faculty Alliance, the union representing more than 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, appeared before the board of trustees Spet. 12 holding hand-written signs on paper plates.
Members of Northern Illinois University's United Faculty Alliance, the union representing more than 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, appeared before the board of trustees Spet. 12 holding hand-written signs on paper plates.

DeKALB –­ Members of the faculty union at Northern Illinois University ratified their first union contract, and it now goes before the universities Board of Trustees for a final vote.

According to a new release from the United Faculty Alliance, which represents more than 500 tenured faculty at NIU’s six colleges and is a chapter of the University of Professionals of Illinois, faculty reached a consensus on their contract Friday. The union and trustees previously had reached a tentative agreement in September after two years of bargaining and a public appeal to the board by a standing-room-only crowd of union members Sept. 12.

The contract includes goals by the union such as “protecting a workload that allows a balance between instruction and research, preserves academic freedom and maintain faculty input in classroom-related decision making,” according to the release.

Of the 87% of union members who voted on the contract, 99% of them voted to ratify, according to the release.

“Everything we have fought for, everything in our contract, will help us give our students the high-quality education they deserve,” union vice president Mark Schuller said in the release.

In addition to pushing for a pay raise, Schuller has said goals such as academic freedom (not being fired for conducting research deemed controversial or unpopular), a transparent management process and transparent decisions about grant allocations also were priorities.

The contract will go before the board at a later meeting for final approval.

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