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FAQs About Non-Academic Unions

Employee and Labor Relations has developed an FAQ section to assist in answering questions about certification of non-academic union members regarding how being a member of a union affects their employment at NIU.

If you have additional questions, please submit them below. Responses will be added as information becomes available.


What does it mean to be represented by a union?

Will I have union dues/fair share fees deducted from my paycheck, and what amount will be deducted?
Can I remove myself from the bargaining unit??
I think I signed one of those cards/papers/petitions, but I didn’t realize it meant I was actually voting to form a union. Will revoking my signature change the outcome?
If I did not sign anything and/or am opposed to being represented by a union, am I still required to be represented by the union?
Will the policies and procedures of the university and/or my college remain the same?
Will the existing university faculty/staff grievance procedure continue to be available as a means of resolving disputes that are covered by its terms?
I did not get to vote in an election on the question of establishing a union. Do employees have the right to vote in an election?
How can I participate in the negotiation process if I am not part of the bargaining team?
Who should I contact if I have further questions or concerns regarding being represented?

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