Members of the NIU Faculty Union speak up about their contracts

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DEKALB (WREX) — Many teachers attended Friday morning’s Board of Trustees meeting held at Northern Illinois University wanting their voices to be heard.

“The faculty have not been paid raises more than 1-3 percent raise on average for at least 10 years,
but the issue I’m talking about goes beyond that,” said NIU United Faculty Alliance member Virginia Naples.
Other members spoke before the board with concerns about their ongoing contract negotiations. After years of bargaining, union members are ready to reach an agreement.
The union’s concerns stem from the board’s proposal to increase the teachers’ workload. Union leaders worry it will severely limit the access students have to their teachers.

“A fair contract is a prerequisite for high quality, excellent education and research so students learning conditions are impacted most by faculty working conditions,” said Vice President of NIU United Faculty Alliance Mark Schuller.

There are two more scheduled bargaining sessions before the union presents the contract to all school faculty.
NIU released a statement Friday saying, “NIU  shares the union’s desire to finalize a contract that meets the needs of both our faculty and the university. We look forward to continuing negotiations and hope for a swift and fair resolution.”
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