The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Adam Harris
May 2, 2017
Faculty members at the University of Illinois at Springfield began a strike on Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the administration, The State Journal-Register reports. A message posted Monday evening on the website of UIS United Faculty, the faculty union, by its executive board and negotiating team opened plainly: " Bad news. Strike is on."
Both tenured and tenure-track faculty members took to the picket lines on Tuesday, during the last week of classes and just a week before final examinations are scheduled. "As you know, we have been bargaining for some time now on reappointment, tenure, and promotion language that recognizes existing policy, and which would have protections to ensure the fairness and integrity of the process," the union's website said. The university has been negotiating with the faculty union for several months.
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