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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

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AFSCME contract finalized, awaits trustees approval

Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief February 26, 2024

After bargaining for nine months, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 981 unanimously approved ratifying its contract, according to the union’s press release released...

Students walk across the Library Quad Monday afternoon on the first day of classes for the spring semester.

Eastern releases statement regarding AFSCME negotiations

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor January 29, 2024

Both Eastern and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) released statements regarding the status of the AFSCME negotiations. Eastern stated, “Constructive and...

Kim Pope works as the president of AFCSME Local 981 and as the office manager in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Doudna Fine Arts Center.

AFSCME still bargaining after 8 months

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor January 24, 2024

Agreements on discipline and health and safety have been made between Eastern’s administration and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), but negotiations regarding...

Kim Pope, an office manager in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the President of AFSCME, sends emails in Doudna Fine Arts Center Nov. 8, 2023 on Eastern Illinois Universitys campus in Charleston, Ill.

AFSCME bargaining for new contract

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor November 15, 2023

AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has been bargaining for a new contract for six months with Eastern.   AFSCME members are in clerical-technical and service...

Laura McLaughlin, Eastern’s general counsel, and Amie Calvert the director of office employee and labor relations leave Booth Library after hearing the University Professionals of Illinois team’s demand to bargain in regards to wages Monday afternoon.

‘Struggle’ to get faculty union contract signed

Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief May 19, 2022

Eastern’s faculty union president said it will be a struggle to get a new faculty contract signed before school begins. The last contract, signed four years ago, will expire Aug. 31. Every four...

Three different commencement speakers gave speeches during the graduation ceremony for the Eastern Illinois University Class of 2022 Saturday afternoon in Lantz Arena. Representing the Lumpkin College of Business and Technology Marie Koch delivered her speech during the first ceremony. Representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Jerimiah Boyd-Johnson presented his speech at the second ceremony. Representing the College of Education, MaryAnn Catt and Esperanza Murillo gave their speeches during the last ceremony.

Looking back at the 2021-2022 academic year

News Staff May 7, 2022

  As the semester ends and spring commencement is over, here is a look back at the 2021-2022 academic year: August The fall semester kicked off with move-in, First Night and Quakin' in the...

THROUGH THE LENS: The News year in photos

THROUGH THE LENS: The News’ year in photos

The News December 31, 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, the staff of The Daily Eastern News invites you to look back at the year through our lens. January February March April May June July August September   October November December   Happy...

The Daily Eastern News News Editor Luke Taylor, The News Editor-in-Chief Corryn Brock, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 981 Recording Secretary Kim Turner, AFSCME Local 981 Vice President Derek Light, AFSCME representative Natalie Nagel and AFSCME Local 981 President Renee Kerz pose for a photo out of AFSCME Council 31s 2021 Convention.

EDITORIAL: Thank you, AFSCME

Editorial Board October 17, 2021

This weekend two members of our Editorial Board went to accept an award on behalf of The Daily Eastern News for our coverage and editorial support of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal...

Eastern Illinois University President Davis Glassman speaks during the Sept. 10, 2021 Board of Trustees meeting held at the Grand Ballroom at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. He announced his intention to reconvene the Naming Comittee during the meeting on Sept. 10.

BOT approves AFSCME contracts

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief September 12, 2021

Eastern's Board of Trustees approved two contracts for members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union that represents Eastern's building service workers, cooks,...

EDITORIAL: Congrats to AFSCME on new contract

EDITORIAL: Congrats to AFSCME on new contract

Editorial Board September 7, 2021

After over 400 days of negotiating with Eastern’s administration, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local #981 has an updated contract. The union members will receive...

We will continue to support AFSCME

We will continue to support AFSCME

Editorial Board August 24, 2021

As we move into a new academic year with a new Editorial Board we want to make one thing very clear: our support of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 981, has...

Eastern Treasurer Paul McCann walks down Lincoln Avenue on Aug. 19, crossing the paths of protesters seeking a contract for members of The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 981.

AFSCME continue protests for contract

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez, Associate News Editor August 22, 2021

The union representing Eastern clerical, dining and building service workers picketed over contract negotiations on Thursday, August 18. As students moved in for a new academic year, the workers stood...

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