Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Northwestern University Library Workers Union Bargaining Update 8/31/2022


The NULWU bargaining team, along with a representative from SEIU Local 73, had another bargaining session with management on 8/30/2022. We presented four counterproposals to the university team:

  • Union Membership

  • Equal Employment, Opportunity, and Non-Discrimination

  • No Strike No Lockout

  • Layoffs and Furloughs

The University bargaining team countered these proposals and added a proposal on Severability that had been overlooked in past sessions. No tentative agreements were reached during this session.

We continued to have a lively dialogue over No Strike No Lockout. While we agree that during the terms of the contract Represented Workers will not strike or engage in activities that amount to a stoppage of work, the issue of whether Represented Workers can demonstrate support for other labor groups on campus during non-work hours, such as a lunch break or after work, is still up in the air. We have been advocating for our right to engage in this activity, because we feel very strongly about our right to do so. With each session, we have made progress on this proposal, and we hope that we will be able to resolve our differences soon.

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