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Can joining a union put my current or future tenure at risk?

No. For untenured professors, a bargaining contract will encourage fair and just
tenure decisions by preventing arbitrary procedures, following due process, and
assuring all actions are for just cause.

Before and after an organizing campaign, it is unlawful for anyone to
discriminate against members for their union activities, and the Illinois Educational
Labor Relations Act has specific provisions to deal with any discrimination that occurs.

For tenured professors, a union contract provides an even higher level of job
security than tenure alone. Tenured union members have more legal rights when
facing arbitrary and unfair discipline or termination. A union provides professional
services to help contest allegations or adverse actions. Under Illinois law, every
faculty union contact contains a grievance procedure that management must
follow, with the final decision made by a neutral, third-party arbitrator, rather than
by top administrators.