University of Illinois at Chicago Instructors Start 2-Day Strike -BYLN- Associated Press

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University of Illinois at Chicago Instructors Start 2-Day Strike -BYLN- Associated Press


Hundreds of University of Illinois at Chicago faculty members began striking Tuesday to demand pay raises and protest a failure to reach an agreement with the administration on a contract.

Joe Persky, president of the 1,200-member University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty union, said the school is refusing to pay professors what they're worth, despite higher tuition and a big reserve fund. He said the university and union bargained all weekend, but the union concluded its core demands won't be met without the walkout, which is set to continue today.

"They take more of our students' tuition money, and even with hundreds of millions in profits each year and more than a billion dollars in reserves, they refuse to pay professors what they're worth," Persky said.

Persky, an economics professor, said the 70 or so nontenured, full-time lecturers who earn a $30,000 annual minimum deserve a $45,000 minimum. He said the university is offering to boost pay to the mid-$30,000s, beginning in the next academic year.

The union is also seeking a 4.5 percent merit pay increase for the current academic year.

Persky said the administration is offering a 3.25 percent pay increase for the current academic year, with no guarantees for future years. …

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