A few hundred University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty (UICUF)
members and their supporters rallied on campus Thursday afternoon,
calling on the institution's administration to settle their contract with the union.
in 2012, UICUF was legally recognized to represent all full-time
tenured and non-tenured UIC faculty. The union has been negotiating with
the university over a contract for 15 months, and faculty members say a resolution is not in sight.
"We all realize now, over the last
month or so, things have slowed down at the bargaining table," said
UICUF President Joe Persky. "When money was tight, when we sacrificed
for the university, when we gave up to help our students, the campus
thanked us. But now when ... it's time to pay us back, they have stopped
negotiating." Read more »