SIUE support and building service workers win over $1.4 million in new wage increases

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) clerical support and building service workers, represented by AFSCME Local 2887 and AFSCME Local 2232, overwhelmingly ratified new four-year contracts with the university that includes some of the biggest gains in the union’s history.

“This agreement represents a monumental step forward and contains some of the biggest gains our local has ever achieved,” said Matthew Whalen, a spokesperson for AFSCME Council 31. “Congratulations to everyone who helped with this hard-fought victory that took more than 600 days.”

Some of the key wins in the groundbreaking new contracts for the 350 workers include:

  • The creation of a compounding union wage scale: The establishment of this new scale will ensure wages will increase competitively year over year.
  • Over $1.4 million in new wage increases: The contracts deliver over $1.4 million in across-the-board raises and other compensation improvements.
  • The elimination of two-tier vacation: The unfair vacation accrual system has been abolished, with all members now receiving the highest schedule.
  • Raises without contingencies: The raises have no contingencies attached, making the members wage leaders on campus.

Most notably, the university recognized the value of the members’ skills and their importance as workers who deserve fair treatment, Whalen said. The fight also motivated over 80 additional employees to join the growing union.

“The overwhelming ratification vote demonstrates the incredible solidarity of our membership,” Whalen said. “This contract would not have been possible without our members’ unity and perseverance in these negotiations.”

The AFSCME 2232 contract agreement came nearly a month after the clerical workers, represented by AFSCME Local 2887, came to an agreement with the university.

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