Recently, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) certified the United Faculty Alliance (UFA) of NIU, UPI IFT-AFT, AAUP (UFA) as the union representing NIU tenured and tenure-track faculty. NIU instructors are currently represented by the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI). Representation by a union means that the union (UFA or UPI, respectively) negotiates the salaries, hours, and terms and conditions of employment collectively on behalf of everyone in the bargaining unit, and the university is precluded from negotiating such matters with individual bargaining unit faculty.
The administration has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to assist in answering questions about what effect the certification of UFA as the union representing tenured and tenure-track faculty will have upon the NIU community and its members.
United Faculty Alliance (UFA)
University Professionals of Illinois (UPI)
The dues are determined by the union and may be different for each group. Please contact a union representative for additional information.
It means that the union (UFA) negotiates the wages, hours and terms and conditions of your employment collectively. You may no longer negotiate those matters with university administrators (e.g., your department head, dean, etc.) on your own behalf.
The amount of union dues is set exclusively by the union. The withholding from payroll of union dues and/or fair share fees is a matter that will be addressed in collective bargaining negotiations.
No, you cannot as long as you are in a covered position. While not all employees may wish to be represented by a union, the university generally is unable to remove an employee in a covered position from the certified bargaining unit.
At least 50 percent plus one of the tenured and tenure-track faculty members at NIU signed cards, papers or petitions that authorized UFA to be their exclusive representative for the purpose of negotiating salaries and terms and conditions of employment.
No. Illinois labor law assumes you read and understood a union authorization card, paper or petition that you signed, and revoking your signature after the union has been certified will not impact the Labor Board's June 9, 2016 ruling.
Section 7.1 of the UPI Agreement requires that the annual meeting be conducted by January 31 for the purposes of: