Fair Share Laws allow unions to collect fees for their operating costs from all members of the bargaining unit, not just those who have signed membership cards. These taxes are considered a “fairshare” because unions provide services (complaints, bargaining contracts, legal representation, etc.) to all, not just card members. The collective agreement between the campus and the Graduate Employees` Organization (GEO) applies to graduates with a good reputation, who have a teaching and postgraduate assistant position of 25% to 67% ETP. Deadlock: There is an impasse if, given all the circumstances of the negotiations, new discussions were hopeless. There is no stalemate if there is a glimmer of hope with real potential for unification, if it is explored in good faith negotiating meetings. To determine whether an impasse has been reached or not, the following factors are examined: 1) the history of the negotiations; 2) the good faith of the parties in the negotiations; 3) the length of the negotiations; 4) the importance of the issue that is the subject of differences of opinion; and 5) the parties` simultaneous understanding of the progress of the negotiations. When the impasse is reached, there are basically two options: accept the “last, best and last offer” from the administrator or strike. Unfair Labor Practice (ULP): Violation of bargaining rules is an unfair labour practice and each party can formally place a burden on the other party by addressing the Illinois Board of Educational Relations (IELRB). Unfortunately, this process can be lengthy and, given that the board members are currently appointed by Rauner, they are generally anti-union. Geo`s negotiating approach is based on democratic decision-making principles consistent with GEO`s constitution and aims to be as transparent as possible. Our negotiating pillars – the issues around which we have formulated our new treaty proposals – were drawn from a survey of members. Members then voted in favour of approval at a meeting of members before negotiations began.
Participation in Dener And rate meetings is open to all members and members are regularly informed by our online newsletter (GEO-L) and at general meetings. Now that GEO is in agreement with the administration, the negotiating teams are in separate spaces and speak directly with the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman then transmits information and proposals between the two teams. How do you imagine the work of your rate unit in the broader context of the decline in the proportion of teachers in tenure Track positions at the federal level for decades? The University of Illinois Springfield promotes a positive work environment for all employees. When an employee claims that the university has breached the terms of employment contained in their respective collective agreements (i.e., they have made a complaint), we encourage our superiors and employees to try to resolve the issue between them. The university also understands that not all complaints between the employee and the supervisor can be resolved. Therefore, each collective agreement includes an appeal procedure that must be followed when a worker files a complaint.