- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s administration and faculty union have reached a tentative contract agreement following more than two years of negotiations.

The Southern Illinoisan newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/2gRmCUA ) the previous version of the agreement, which helps define roles and responsibilities of faculty and administrators, expired June 30, 2014. Since then, faculty members have been operating under the old contract’s terms.

Faculty Association President Dave Johnson characterized the negotiations as “collegial, professional and productive.”

The state’s budget situation left a significant impact on the agreement, which will be in place until June 30, 2018. The newspaper says it contains no salary increases for the FA’s 500 tenured and tenure-track professors. Wages could be addressed again later, though.

The graduate assistant, civil service employee and non-tenure track faculty unions are still in negotiations.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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