These negotiations are regarding wages and other terms and conditions for a successor agreement to the contract that expired on June 30, 2023. The contract is automatically extended while negotiations continue.
On Friday, January 26, the parties met for their 21st session and their 9th session with a federal mediator. During this mediation session, a face-to-face meeting was delayed due to the presence of non-bargaining unit members with the Union, an issue that was resolved between the Union and the federal mediator. Once a face-to-face meeting commenced (without the non-bargaining unit members present), the Union presented a counterproposal valued significantly higher than ISU's last, best and final offer as presented on October 27. The university countered with two changes that do not increase the overall cost of its October 27th last, best, and final offer – increasing the waiver of mandatory student fees from 10% to 15% for the Spring 2024 semester and modifications to the Non-Discrimination language, including adding a requirement for an annual meeting to discuss the University’s non-discrimination processes.
The University reiterated its request that the union present the offer to its membership for a vote. The parties have scheduled a call with the federal mediator for Friday, February 2, to discuss next steps.
The University’s October 27 last, best, and final offer is fair and reasonable. For example, the offer:
These are significant enhancements, and the University continues to believe its October 27 last, best, and final proposal is a fair and fiscally responsible offer that balances the needs of all stakeholders. ISU’s goal is to ensure that GTA compensation remains competitive to our peer institutions – including a total compensation package that is above the average paid at comparable universities. The University’s last, best, and final offer would bring a GTA's total compensation package significantly above the average of peer institutions. To provide a clearer picture of how GTA compensation in ISU’s October 27 last, best, and final proposal compares to peer institutions, ISU has released details of its proposal.
Illinois State remains committed to bargaining in good faith and hopeful that the parties can reach agreement without a strike. However, the University has initiated contingency planning activities to ensure its ability to minimize disruption to teaching and learning during the spring semester should a strike occur. If a strike occurs, our primary objective will be to continue normal operations, including meeting course objectives and ensuring timely grading.
Last Updated 1/29/24