UIC faculty set to go on strike Tuesday

For the first time ever, University of Illinois, Chicago faculty could go on strike Tuesday.

More than 1,100 teachers and staff are planning a two day strike.

The move could force the university to cancel hundreds of classes.

The union says it’s frustrated with the University since it hasn’t been able to agree on a contract since the group formed in 2012.

Pay is the main hurdle.

The union is asking for a 4.5% pay raise for 2014, while the university is offering 3.25%.

UIC Art Professor Therese Quinn said, “There are many people who have PhDs, who are full-time faculty here and I’ve heard that they’re earning $30,000 a year, which is very low for someone who’s spent so many years in school.”

No new talks are scheduled before Tuesday’s planned walkout.

UIC Spokesperson Bill Burton said, “The University values its faculty and has offered a fair contract to each of its collective bargaining units.  We will continue to bargain in good faith, now with the help of a federal mediator until a settlement is reached.”

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