Union members of the University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty (UICUF) voted this week to authorize a strike. Union
officials, however, say they will continue contract negotiations with
the university's administration through early January, with the help of a federal mediator, in an effort to avoid a walkout.
"We will only
take strike action once every other avenue of influence has been
exhausted and the bargaining team believes there is no other way to make
members’ views clear," the union wrote on its website before the strike authorization vote, which occurred Monday through Thursday of this week.
About 79 percent of the union's 800 members participated in the vote this week, with over 95 percent saying they backed the option to strike, if necessary, for a fair contract, union leaders said. Read more »