Northern Illinois University support workers’ contract approved

September 13, 2018

DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the school’s support staff union on Thursday morning.

“We consider this a huge success,” said Sarah Dorner, spokeswoman for American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council Union 31. “This is a huge success story for the workers because we’re stronger than we’ve been in a very long time.”

The school’s janitorial staff and dining service workers have had a union, Local 963, in some form, since 1952. They’re now slated to get a nine percent pay raise over the five-year contract – three percent of each of the next three years.

Dorner said negotiations wrapped up Aug. 14, about two weeks before the contract was ratified Aug. 28.

Dorner said that, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, non-union members would not be required to pay fees to public sector unions, and that having a “strong collective bargaining agreement” is a significant victory for workers.

She also said the support staff union is currently growing in membership.

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