University Faculty in Illinois Have the LEGAL Right to Unionize!

In light of the UIS administration’s recent efforts to discourage faculty to unionize by circulating inaccurate information and convening intimidating meetings, it’s important that everyone know their rights under Illinois Law. Relevant sections:

Illinois Compiled Statutes (115 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 48, par. 1703)

Sec. 3. Employee rights. (a) It shall be lawful for educational employees to organize, form, join, or assist in employee organizations or engage in lawful concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid and protection or bargain collectively through representatives of their own free choice and, except as provided in Section 11, such employees shall also have the right to refrain from any or all such activities.”

Examples of employer conduct which could violate your rights are:

  • Threatening employees with loss of jobs or benefits if they join a union or vote for a union.
  • Threatening to close the facility if employees vote for representation by a union.
  • Questioning employees about whether they will vote for the union.
  • Questioning employees about their support for the union or about their union-related activities.
  • Promising benefits to employees to discourage support for the union.
  • Granting benefits to employees to discourage support for the union.
  • Punishing employees because they support the union.
  • Punishing employees because they filed charges against an employer under the Illinois Education Labor Relations Act.

    Your Employer does not have the right to coerce you, interrogate you or threaten you concerning the union vote. If you feel that your rights were violated by your employer, don’t hesitate to contact the UIS UF organizing committee or a union organizer immediately! We’re at

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