Northern Iowa Faculty Union Preserves Contract Benefits in New Handbook

May 31, 2017

The University of Northern Iowa’s faculty union says it will manage to preserve many of its contractual benefits, despite a new state law that severely limits collective bargaining rights for professors at public institutions. United Faculty, which is affiliated with the American Association of University Professors, issued a joint statement with the university vowing a “collaborative process” to ensure current contract terms are maintained after the master agreement expires at the end of June.

The mechanism is a new faculty handbook, and it’s nearing completion ahead of that deadline, according to The Courier. “We really give a lot of credit to President [Mark] Nook, because he realized right away that it was important to preserve all the parts of the contract that allow United Faculty and others to preserve proper working conditions for faculty, so the process of collaboration on this was really great,” Joe Gorton, union president and professor of criminology, told the newspaper.

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