UIC faculty to strike today
For the first time ever, University of Illinois, Chicago faculty plan to 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.”
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.”