CARBONDALE -- SIU and its faculty have reached a tentative deal on a new labor contract that runs through 2018.
The two sides have remained in contract talks since the last deal expired two years ago.
It comes as both the union and the university consider their options during tight budget times. This new deal does not include a pay increase, but it does spell out terms on several items of concern between the union and university leaders.
The deal sets new procedures for new programs and changes to current ones. It more clearly states grievance procedures, and rules for faculty promotion and tenure.
It puts faculty rights and responsibilities for their teaching plans in plain language, and defines conditions under which the university can furlough workers.
Finally, it implements "fair share" payments for all faculty, if more than half of them join the union.
Again, it doesn't include a pay increase, but it does have a clause that can re-open talks on pay, if Illinois comes up with a full fiscal-year budget.
Meantime, talks continue between SIU and unions representing other instructors, graduate assistants, and civil service workers.