NIU, faculty union approve collective bargaining agreement
Northern Illinois University and the United Faculty Alliance approved a contract Thursday over a collective bargaining agreement.
"The incredible value of our faculty cannot be overstated," says NIU President Lisa Freeman. "Their research, artistry, scholarship, compassion and dedication for our students and commitment to our mission, vision and values is immeasurable. Their diverse talents and expertise positively contribute to our region, nation and our global society. I am incredibly proud to work with them and am grateful for their continued service.
"From start to finish, negotiating this new contract was a thoughtful process on both sides that resulted in a fair contract that supports our faculty, respects shared governance and will be used to not only retain, but recruit talented and diverse faculty."
The United Faculty Alliance, which is the union representing 580 tenure and tenure track faculty, released the following statement:
"We are glad that this process has finally ended with a fair contract for the tenured and tenure-track faculty who teach here. We thank the Board of Trustees for working with us to preserve academic freedom and uphold the mission of the university. Our new contract protects our workload so that faculty have the freedom, time, and funding to conduct important research and give our students access to excellent learning opportunities. We are also proud to have won paid family leave for faculty members who need to take time off to care for a new baby or an immediate family member with medical issues - the first time that NIU has offered that benefit. After a decade with minimal raises, the salary provisions will help NIU attract and retain top academics. We look forward to our continued work with the Board and university administration as we all do our best to provide Northern students the high-quality education they deserve."