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EIU, AFSCME reach successor agreements


Issued as a media update

(Charleston, IL)
– Leaders representing Eastern Illinois University and EIU AFSCME Local 981 wish to share news of successful contract ratifications for both its Service and Clerical groups. AFSCME ratified the tentative agreements September 2. EIU administration will recommend approval of the tentative agreements to the Board of Trustees at its next regular meeting Friday, September 10. Approval by EIU’s Board of Trustees will mark the final procedural authorizations.

Eastern Illinois University and its AFSCME representatives have met regularly since the summer of 2020 to advance negotiations, each focused on balancing the University’s evolving needs with the desires of its AFSCME union employees. Negotiations remained very collegial over the course of the bargaining period.

With tentative successor agreements now in place, EIU and its AFSCME partners look forward to building on their enduring efforts to collaboratively achieving EIU’s critical mission.

AFSCME Local 981 are valuable and vital partners of Eastern Illinois University, and EIU respects and appreciates its AFSCME colleagues for their dedicated and enduring service to the diverse EIU community.



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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

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Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
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