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Who is the UFA?

Who we are

We are tenure-track and tenured faculty at Northern Illinois University.

What we want

We want to empower faculty to ensure our voice in shared governance. We believe
that shared governance can be fully realized through collective bargaining.
Contract negotiations will empower the faculty, and allow us to negotiate working
conditions that will provide a better environment for the entire university. We want
legal protections and legal recognition that comes with being designated as a
collective bargaining representative under the laws of Illinois and the U.S.

Our Vision

UFA at NIU seeks to unite the faculty to enhance democratic representation at
NIU. With enhanced rights, we will be a united, independent and effective body
that results in professional salaries, rational allocation of resources, and democratic
voice to the faculty. We will more effectively contribute to making NIU a fairer
and more equitable workplace. We are guided by a vision that education is the
foundation of a democratic society, and believe that collective bargaining will
enhance our effectiveness in ensuring academic freedom, producing excellent
scholarship, and ensuring a better future for our campus.