Last Illinois State University offer in, graduate union to vote

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NORMAL — Voting starts Monday among Graduate Workers Union members at Illinois State University to either ratify their first contract or strike. 



Graduate Workers Union members and allies walk on the Quad outside Hovey Hall on Sept. 23 during a picket. The university has presented its final offer to the union, which will vote next week to ratify or strike. 




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This election will directly affect the lives of the people voting in it, said union member Ismail Cem Addemir.

“This is us doing stuff for us,” Addemir said.

The Graduate Workers Union, which is part of Service Employees International Union Local 73, has been in negotiations with the university since October 2019. The bargaining unit includes about 400 graduate teaching assistants.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the university presented what it has called its “Last, Best and Final Offer” to the union in their last scheduled negotiation meeting. The latest offer includes a 100% tuition waiver, increased stipends and agreeing to the union’s proposed no-strike language.

In their website with updates to the negotiations, the university said the proposal shows movement by the school.

Union members Steven Lazaroff and Addemir agreed the university had moved a lot in its positions. 

The union had requested minimum stipend amounts of $11,700 for all graduate workers working 20 hours a week for the 2021-22 school year and $12,159 for the 2022-23 school year.

The university has proposed different rates for master’s and Ph.D. students. For this school year, ISU has offered $10,800 for master’s students and $11,700 for Ph.D. students, rising to $11,700 and $12,600. respectively. next school year. 

The negotiations website also includes an average of peer institutions compiled by the university, with the average master’s stipend at $9,151 and the average Ph.D. stipend at $10,572. The website does not include which peer institutions the university looked at.

Comparisons can be helpful, Lazaroff said, but the stipend questions are more about livelihood and fair compensation than what another university pays.

While there might be amounts the union will agree to for this contract, the union will continue to fight for better future contracts, Addemir said. 



Members of the ISU Graduate Workers Union hold a banner at the State of the University Address on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The union has more actions, including a picket, planned for next week, while it is holding a strike vote. 





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The stipends should only be compared to other schools with graduate workers unions, Lazaroff said, including the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of Illinois Chicago and Rutgers University. 

Public labor contracts show Rutgers provides graduate workers with year-round compensation, while nine months is the norm for most universities. There is also a $33,999 minimum salary for the 2021-22 school year. UIUC has a minimum salary for half-time employment of $19,300. UIC is in negotiations.

The union membership will have a chance next week to provide their input on the university’s last proposal. Voting begins Monday and will run through Oct. 10.

Voting is being done through an online secret ballot system called Simply Voting, said SEIU Local 73 local organizer Ricky Baldwin. The same system was used for the Graduate Workers Union’s strike authorization vote in April and Local 73’s Cook County strike vote this summer.

ISU Graduate Workers Union members taped their mouths to protest free speech action.





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If the union does vote to strike, there is a state requirement for education unions to file intent of notice at least 10 days before any strike can begin. That means it will be some time after Oct. 20 before any strike could potentially start.

69 photos of Bloomington-Normal landmarks under construction

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FILE PHOTO: Normal downtown improvement project. 8-8-80 (Pantagraph/CARLOS T. MIRANDA)




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Construction projects in Uptown Normal, such as the Medici’s Restaurant being built next to the Solid Gold Jewelers business at the corner of North and Broadway. Wednesday March 21, 2007 Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY




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The uptown Normal roundabout and downtown area seen from the roof of the Children’s Discovery Museum on Thursday March 11, 2010. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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The uptown Normal roundabout, far left, and business’s along Beaufort Street, looking east from the roof of the Children’s Discovery Museum. The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY




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The uptown Normal roundabout, looking North along Beaufort Street, shows the new Constitution Boulevard that will run North from the roundabout and connect with College Avenue. The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY




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The new roundabout being constructed in Uptown Normal is shown Tuesday from the roof of the Childrens Discovery Museum. The roundabout will route traffic between North and Beaufort Streets and the new Constitution Boulevard and will include a water feature. The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY




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Flemley Dickerson employees John Wilson, Matt Gerig and Cody Coile work on the second level of Medici’s Restaurant in Normal Wednesday, January 31, 2007.




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Owners of Medici’s Restaurant hope to cut down this tree behind the restaurant and move into the courtyard in Normal.




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Josh Behr ofBehr Design Studio in Chicago and Louisville, Ky, talks with Pat Estes, right, of Felmley Dickerson about the angle of the 4 ton mulberry tree placed inside Medici restaurant Thursday morning. (Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK) (March, 15, 2007)




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Artist Dan Nardi shows a model of the structure which will surround the tree to allow diners sit at the base of the 4 ton mulberry tree placed inside Medici restaurant Thursday morning. (Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK) (March, 15, 2007)




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Paul Stegmaier of Bloomington working for JJ Braker and Sons of Morton works with the bricklayers on the front second floor patio at Medici’s Restaurant Monday afternoon. (Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK) July, 3, 2007)




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Medici’s hosts a large lunchtime crowd in uptown Normal Thursday afternoon. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK) (February 14, 2007)




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Medici’s restaurant, which opens in mid January, adds another dining establishment to uptown Normal. (Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK) (January 10, 2008)




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The 250-seat restaurant Medici plans to open later this year. New and older business continue to weather the construction of uptown Normal. 




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Workers prepare flashing while completing exterior projects at Cardinal Court, Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at Illinois State University. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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The Cardinal Court apartments on the Illinois State University campus in Normal were under construction in this Feb. 8, 2012, photo.




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The community building at Cardinal Court has a large, sweeping open space that will be equiped with exercise equipment, Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at Illinois State University. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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University officials, contractors and others gather to dedicate the new Cardinal Court apartments in August 2012. 




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The Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works on 318 South Towanda Avenue in Normal at the Shoppes at College Hills.




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The Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works on 318 South Towanda Avenue in Normal at the Shoppes at College Hills next to the Hampton Inn.




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The Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works on 318 South Towanda Avenue in Normal at the Shoppes at College Hills.




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Construction workers work on top of the Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works construction site on 318 South Towanda Avenue in Normal, Illinois, as the Shoppes at College Hills sign is on display in the left corner.




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A weekday lunch crowd dines at Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY




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A laborer works on a wall outside the Illinois State University $60 million Student Fitness Center, expected to open in January 2011. An enclosed walkway bridge connects the new building to a renovated McCormick Hall that will house ISU’s School of Kinesiology and Recreation. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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Seen from the 10th floor of the Hamilton-Whitten residence halls, Illinois State University Student Fitness Center is under construction on Wednesday June 23, 2010. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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Grand opening ceremonies for Illinois State University’s new Student Fitness Center were held Sunday evening January 9, 2011. Tours of the facility and the largest game of tag at ISU were the highlights of the opening. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER) (January 9, 2011)




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Progress continues on Illinois State University Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall, Monday morning May 31, 2010. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER) May 31, 2010)




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The opening of the new terminal at the Central Illinois Regional Airport will be delayed. Ironworker foreman Dave Formea, of BRH Builders, Springfield, left, spoke with Gayle Thomas, architect representative, Edward Just Associates, Dallas, Texas, during a meeting Thursday outside the terminal.




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The opening of the new terminal at the Central Illinois Regional Airport will be delayed. Ironworker foreman Dave Formea, of BRH Builders, Springfield, left, spoke with Gayle Thomas, architect representative, Edward Just Associates, Dallas, Texas, during a meeting Thursday outside the terminal.




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Nathan Hendrick, left, of Bloomington and Terry Whitecotton of Hudson carry fencing for the uptown Normal hotel project. Beaufort Street between Fell and Broadway is closed for the construction. (Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK) (March, 7, 2007)




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The under construction Marriott Hotel structure Friday (Feb. 8, 2008) from Beaufort Street and Fell Avenue in Uptown Normal. (Pantagraph/CARLOS T. MIRANDA)




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The Marriot Hotel will dramatically change the look of Uptown Normal as work progresses on the project. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK) (July 28, 2008)




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From a walkway at the current OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, construction work is progressing on the new 84,211 square foot building set to open in March of 2004. The new building wirll house a new emergency department , a 30 bed intensive care unit, diagnostic services, cardiac rehabiliatation and Center for Healthy Lifestyles. Photo on 2-26-2003.




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Shot from the roof of the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, construction work is progressing on the new 84,211 square foot building set to open in March of 2004. The new building wirll house a new emergency department , a 30 bed intensive care unit, diagnostic services, cardiac rehabiliatation and Center for Healthy Lifestyles. Photo on 2-26-2003.




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Shot from the roof of the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, construction work is progressing on the new 84,211 square foot building set to open in March of 2004. The new building wirll house a new emergency department , a 30 bed intensive care unit, diagnostic services, cardiac rehabiliatation and Center for Healthy Lifestyles. Photo on 2-26-2003.




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From a walkway at the current OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, construction work is progressing on the new 84,211 square foot building set to open in March of 2004. The new building wirll house a new emergency department , a 30 bed intensive care unit, diagnostic services, cardiac rehabiliatation and Center for Healthy Lifestyles. Photo on 2-26-2003.




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From a walkway at the current OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, construction work is progressing on the new 84,211 square foot building set to open in March of 2004. The new building wirll house a new emergency department , a 30 bed intensive care unit, diagnostic services, cardiac rehabiliatation and Center for Healthy Lifestyles. Photo on 2-26-2003.




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Hospital projects advance

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Advocate Outpatient

Advocate BroMenn construction project supervisor Tim Bassett talks about the construction progress at Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center in Bloomington Tuesday afternoon, January 31, 2012. The Central Illinois Regional Airport is the view from the window. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER)




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Advocate BroMenn construction project supervisor Tim Bassett stands by as Melecio Alvarez of Bloomington working for Associated Constructors sweeps up near the end of the work day at Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center in Bloomington Tuesday afternoon, January 31, 2012. The Central Illinois Regional Airport is the view from the window. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER)




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Construction continues on the Multimodal Transportation Center in Uptown Normal Wednesday morning February 16, 2011. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER) (February 16, 2011)




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A St. Louis bound Amtrak train calls at the Amtrak station in Normal, while work takes place on the construction site of the new Multimodal Transportation Center in Normal on Thursday Jan. 6, 2011. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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MULTIMODAL CENTER GROUND BREAKING

Federal and State officials joined representatives of the town of Normal and Amtrak, for a ground breaking ceremony Saturday August 7, 2010 on the new Transportation Center in Uptown Normal. The Multimodal Transportation Center will be build on the south side of Beaufort Street west of the Childrens Museum. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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A Chicago bound Amtrak train # 302 calls at the Amtrak station in Normal, while work takes place on the construction site of the new Multimodal Transportation Center in Normal on Tuesday Dec. 7, 2010. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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Construction continues on the Multimodal Transportation Center in Uptown Normal Wednesday morning February 16, 2011. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER) (February 16, 2011)




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Work continutes on the new Multimodal Transportation Center and City Hall in Uptown Normal Tuesday afternoon, February 14, 2012. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER)




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Work continutes on the new Multimodal Transportation Center and City Hall in Uptown Normal Tuesday afternoon, February 14, 2012. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER)




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More than 300 people turned out to mark the opening of the new Uptown Station, Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Normal, Illinois. The $22 million multimodal transportation center and city hall will serve AMTRAK and bus service throughout central Illinois. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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More than 300 people turned out to mark the opening of the new Uptown Station, Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Normal, Illinois. The $22 million multimodal transportation center and city hall will serve AMTRAK and bus service throughout central Illinois. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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K’s Merchandise remains closed, Monday, February 28, 2011. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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K’s vacancy 2

The weathered entrance sign to the vacant K’s Merchandise building on Veterans Parkway, Tuesday, June 17, 2007, speaks volumes to the difficulty of finding tennants for the large superstores that were once popular in the Twin Cities. (Pantagraph




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Construction on the HyVee store at 1403 North Veterans Parkway, Bloomington, is taking place. Laborers local 362 member Mick Alvis of Bloomington, working for Stark Excating, uses a Terminator floor scraping machine Tuesday, to peel up layers of tile in the former K’s Merchandise building, during preparation work on the 7500 square-foot building.




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A Stark Excavating excavator recycles building materials from the former K’s Merchandise building as it makes way for a new Hy-Vee store at 1403 N. Veterans Parkway.




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James Reyes, construction superindendent, walks through the shell of what will be a new Hy-Vee store at 1403 N. Veterans Parkway.




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Bob Cochran, a maintenance man at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, inspects damage to the stone masonry on the front balcony of the building, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Cochran said weather deterioration has caused some damage to the building’s masonry and workers are preparing to do some needed maintenance. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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Bob Cochran, a maintenance man at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, measured stonework on the front balcony of the building, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Cochran said weather deterioration has caused some damage to the building’s masonry and workers are preparing to do some needed maintenance. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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Convergence

Sculptor Andrew Jumonville, guides a statue of David Davis into position next to Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, October 7, 2010 in front of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. "Convergence of Purpose" is the title of the statue that represents the moment Fell and Davis convinced Lincoln to run for president. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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Sculptor Andrew Jumonville, shears off some flashing while installing the statue of Jesse Fell to "Convergence of Purpose" in front of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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Todd Kilgus, project manager for for Flemley Dickerson and sculptor Andrew Jumonville, use an epoxy glue to secure a statue of Jesse Fell to a base containing likenesses of Abraham Lincoln and David Davis, Thursday, October 7, 2010 in front of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. "Convergence of Purpose" is the title of the statue that represents the moment Fell and Davis convinced Lincoln to run for president. The formal dedication for the statue will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 9 a.m. Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame will discuss the moment represented. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)




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Children depart the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts after attending the Let’s Go Science Fair, part of the Student Spotlight Series of events, held Thursday Feb. 25, 2010. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts is shown Thursday July 28, 2011. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)




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The Ames Library, during Saturday’s dedication cermonies at the Illinois Wesleyan University campus, Bloomington.




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IWU buildings to open in January

Workers from Bacon & Van Buskirk Glass Companies, out of Champaign, were installing windows on the top floor of the Ames Library at IWU on Friday.




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The Ames Library, during Saturday’s dedication cermonies at the Illinois Wesleyan University campus, Bloomington.




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The Ames Library at IWU, Bloomington.




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The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University




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