CARTERVILLE-- A judge says SIU administrators acted illegally during a 2011 contract dispute.
In 2011, three unions were furloughed four days by the SIU administration during a contract dispute. The judge ruled SIU must pay the nearly $2 million in lost wages to those union workers because they used unlawful labor practices and bargained in bad faith.
Union leaders say more negotiating will happen this fall and they hope things will be different this time around.
SIU Faculty Association member Rachel Stocking said, "As our new administrators review the actions of the previous four years, they can use this decision to learn from the mistakes of the past and they can join the faculty association in construction of a respectful approach to collective bargaining in the future."
The university can appeal the ruling. But, the amount owed to the employees will keep growing because of interest.
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