Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Professors Walk Picket Lines at U of Illinois-Springfield

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Professors Walk Picket Lines at U of Illinois-Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. * Dozens of University of Illinois-Springfield protesters walked a picket line a day after their union announced a strike.

The University of Illinois Springfield United Faculty union represents nearly 170 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. They started their strike at 9 a.m. Tuesday, carrying signs that read "I'd rather be teaching," "Fair evaluation! Contract now!" and "Faculty labor = student learning."

The strike comes during the final week of classes for the semester and the week before final exams. The union said in a message on its website that professors wouldn't be available to students during the strike.

University officials said on the school's website that students should attend classes during a strike and wait 15 minutes before leaving if their professor doesn't show up.

The union and university bargained on Monday. At issue are reappointment, tenure and promotions.

The union wanted some protections written into the contract, including establishing a committee of university administrators and faculty that would examine cases where professors feel they weren't treated fairly in a case of promotion or tenure. …

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