Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Illinois Lawmakers: NEIU Student Workers Can Only Keep Jobs If State Passes Budget - Tony Arnold, WBEZ

Illinois lawmakers said there is little they can do to prevent 260 students at Northeastern Illinois University from losing their jobs unless the 20 months-long political stalemate over a budget ends. As first reported by WBEZ, Northeastern might be forced to let go of hundreds of student workers because of a new state rule put in place to protect full-time employees at state universities and colleges, which have struggled financially during the state’s budget impasse. Northeastern officials said the rule requires student workers to be cut before any full-time civil service employee are forced to take unpaid days off. The university is currently negotiating with some of the labor unions that represent university employees about starting furlough days in the middle of March.

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