This website includes details of the tentative agreement reached between the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) and the administration of Northeastern Illinois University.

Summary of All Articles

Preamble

No Changes (TA'd)

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Recognition

Language deletion. (TA'd 2/15/11)

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Consultation

No Changes (TA'd)

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Nondiscrimination

No Changes (TA'd)

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Informational Technology

Article updated to reflect current technologies and expected levels of availability, training, support to be provided by the University and expected levels of use of university systems by Employees. Expectations related to privacy of computer files and systems clarified. (TA'd)

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Personnel Files

No Changes (TA'd)

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Notice of Vacant Positions

Language deletion to provide clarity (TA'd)

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Transfer

No Changes (TA'd)

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Program Reorganization

Language deletion to provide clarity (TA'd)

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Academic Program Elimination Review Committee

No Changes (TA'd)

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Union Rights

No Changes (TA'd)

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Facilities, Equipment and Safety

Previously Facilities and Equipment, renamed Facilities, Equipment and Safety. Article addresses issues of emergency preparedness and clarifies expectations of employees regarding safety. The article additionally addresses issues regarding space assignment and entry to assigned workspaces. (TA'd)

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12

Dues Checkoff and Fair Share

Language change to provide clarity (TA'd)

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Management Rights

No Changes (TA'd)

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No Strike or Lockout

No Changes (TA'd)

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Severability

No Changes (TA'd)

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Miscellaneous Provisions

No Changes (TA'd)

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Information and Reporting

Article updated to reflect use of electronic resources for distribution of information and sharing of data regarding bargaining unit members. (TA'd)

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Leave without Salary

Language change to provide clarity (TA'd)

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Compensable Fringe Benefits

Language changes to provide clarity, new section addresses parental leave and a new benefit allowing the use of two consecutive weeks of parental leave at full pay in addition to benefits currently in place. A new benefit regarding the creation of a UPI voluntary sick leave bank to provide additional paid leave for employees who have exhausted their sick and vacation leave. (TA'd)

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Grievance Procedure

Entirely new grievance process, developed primarily in IBB, designed to be more collegial and encourage problem-solving. New process involves an Exploratory Resolution stage, a Hearing Panel stage, and a Presidential Review and decision. Keeps previous rights to arbitration, similar to previous contract. (TA'd)

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Compensation

(TA'd 5/18/2011)

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Employment Status Statement

Language change to provide clarity (TA'd)

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Faculty Responsibilities and Assignment of Duties

(TA'd 5/18/2011)

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Credit Unit Equivalencies

(TA'd 5/18/2011)

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Evaluation and Evaluation Criteria

Process expanded, under certain circumstances, allowing employees to add materials to portfolio after the evaluation process has begun. (TA'd)

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Retention

Language change to provide clarity (TA'd)

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Promotion

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor have been linked. Promotion to Associate has increased from $2700 per year to $5400. Promotion from Associate to Full Professor has been increased from $2700 to $6300 per year. With a projected employment of 30 years this change increases the employee's lifetime earnings by over $127,000. With projected annual salary increases the lifetime earnings difference will increase more.

(TA'd 5/18/2011)

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Tenure

Language changes to provide clarity. Review article above as well. (TA'd)

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Staff Reduction Procedures

No Changes (TA'd)

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Sanctions and Termination

Process codified regarding prior notification that specific behavior might be subject to sanction. (TA'd)

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Employment Status Statement

Forms process clarified in line with new campus information systems (TA'd)

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Evaluation and Evaluation Criteria

Reduced frequency of evaluation for instructors after 5 consecutive evaluation years with satisfactory rating. Process expanded, under certain circumstances, allowing employees to add materials to portfolio after the evaluation process has begun. (TA'd)

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Retention

Language change to provide clarity (TA'd)

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Staff Reduction Procedures

No Changes (TA'd)

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Sanctions and Termination

Process codified regarding prior notification that specific behavior might be subject to sanction. (TA'd)

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Professional Responsibilities and Assignment of Duties

(TA'd 5/18/2011)

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Credit Hour and Instructional Effort Indicator

(TA'd 5/18/2011)

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Duration and Implementation

A five year agreement to be dated and signed upon ratification and approval by the Board of Trustees.
(TA'd 5/18/2011)

NEW

Academic Freedom

New article on Academic Freedom, Its Rights and Responsibilities articulates and affirms a mutual understanding of academic freedom. (TA'd)

NEW

Intellectual Property Committee

Committee proposed to review intellectual property issues, especially in relation to online courses and electronic content. (TA'd 2/15/2011)

Appendix

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Procedures to be followed by the Hearing Committee described in Sanctions and Termination (TA'd)

Appendix

CEFEIP

Key 7 (clinicals, etc.)

(TA'd 5/18/2011)

Additional Definitions

 

Definitions in addition to those in current contract

Throughout the negotiations process, changes had been agreed to in the Definitions section. This section contains additional terms that both teams agreed needed to be defined. (TA'd 3/1/2011)