Union contract reached after UIC faculty strike
The University of Illinois at Chicago and its faculty union executed their first contract Friday, welcoming higher salaries and benefits.
This deal comes after professors went on a two-day strike in February seeking pay raises. Some nontenured teachers were making just $30,000 a year. The faculty was set to go on strike again in mid-April when the two sides agreed on the tentative deal.
The three-year contract provides retroactive pay increases of nearly seven percent over the last two years. That brings the base salary to $37,500. Faculty will also receive other benefits, such as money for research and professional development.
The faculty union, UIC United Faculty, has been working toward a deal for two years. It still wants to see more progress, starting with a salary increase to at least $45,000.
About 98 percent of the union members voted to ratify the contract, according to the union. There are also efforts to organize faculty at the flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign.