NIU employees rally for fair contract

DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- Bargaining for nearly two years and still no solution, that's what 650 NIU employees say they hope to put to an end.

"It just needs to change, we need to move forward," says AFSCME Local 1890 Executive Board Member, Barbara Andree.

Andree says its been 7 years since she and her coworkers have gotten a raise.

"The hard-working people at NIU should be... should really be treated with more respect," says Andree.

Dozens from the AFSCME Local 1890 are fighting for a 3% wage increase they say they deserve.

Union members say other employees, who aren't in bargaining unions, were already given the increase last week.

"All these workers work hard every day supporting upper-level administration and students, making this university run," says AFSCME Local 1890 President, Laura Harris.

"Some of their replies to our proposals are simply 'No.' Well, that's not negotiating," says Andree.

The university says they are negotiating, telling 23 news:

"The university has made every effort to bargain in good faith with Local 1890 and we are prepared to continue working with them to arrive at a fair and equitable contract for their members."

"Maybe they're waiting for us to give up. Well, my message is, we're not gonna give up," says Andree.

Union members say that the university has claimed that close to two years is a normal time-period to negotiate for a contract. The union says this should have been settled a long time ago.