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Union spokesperson: NIU yet to act on state labor board ruling

November 1, 2017

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials are yet to respond to an Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board ruling ordering them to rescind parking fees for members of a local union negotiating its their first contract, a union spokesperson said.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1890, which represents around 700 clerical and administrative workers at the school, has been without a contract since it began negotiations in February of last year.

In September, the labor board ruled that NIU violated state statute last year after increasing employee parking fees before they had reached an agreement on the matter with the union. Therefore, the university was required to post notices throughout the campus regarding parking, negotiate parking rates and reimburse bargaining unit employees for two years worth of increases plus seven percent interest.

AFSCME representative Sara Dorner said the university had until Oct. 19 to appeal the board decision or comply with it – but has done neither.

“We are currently in the process of trying to schedule an enforcement hearing, which looks like it will be in December or January,” Dorner said. “All of this is easily remedied by the university complying with the board’s order. However, the university has given us no indication of intent to do so.”

In an email sent to AFSCME officials, John Brosnan of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board said because the university has not taken action, both parties should agree to six possible dates in December for a compliance hearing.

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