Collective Bargaining

Policy Approval Authority President
Responsible Division Human Resources Services
Responsible Officer(s) Chief Human Resources Officer
Contact Person John Acardo
Primary Audience Faculty
Status Active
Last Review Date 08-04-2009
Policy Category/Categories Human Resources / Employment


Define collective bargaining provisions as set forth by the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees.


The Board of Trustees is the employer, as defined in the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, of all employees of Northern Illinois University. Only the Board may act with regard to the rights and responsibilities established by that Act. The Board may delegate authority to negotiate with employee organizations.  No collective bargaining agreement shall be effective or implemented until approved by the Board of Trustees, signed by the Board chair or an authorized designee and signed by the employee organizations' authorized representative(s). Upon official certification by the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, any substantive or procedural rights or privileges as set forth in any applicable provisions of the university system of shared governance shall immediately become subject to negotiation for positions and employees contained within the scope of exclusive representation pursuant to the certified bargaining unit description. Such rights and privileges shall not be maintained except to the extent negotiated and fully ratified within the scope of a collective bargaining agreement. Police classifications fall within the procedures and regulations of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.


  • Board of Trustee Regulations Section VII. Other Operational Matters Subsection B. Collective Bargaining
  • Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, 115 ILCS 5
  • Illinois Public Labor Relations Act 5 ILCS 315
  • Business Procedures Manual 7-3


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