Patrick Sheridan, president of AFSCME Local 963 representing building and food service workers, speaks about low wages during the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Altgeld Hall on campus in Dekalb. Several NIU employees, represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, attended the meeting seeking a fast resolution to a contract with higher pay. (Mark Busch)
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