Faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are conducting a work-in this week as they continue to push for a contract and end to lengthy negotiations.
Educators with the Nontenure Faculty Coalition Local 6546 are grading papers, holding office hours and conducting research today and Wednesday at the university's administration building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The university and labor officials are set to meet with a federal mediator on Wednesday.
"The general consensus was we want to put some pressure on the administration to make sure they're actually making bargaining move forward," the union's president, Shawn Gilmore, told The News-Gazette. "But we are not striking, because we are waiting to see if something does happen."
Last week, the non-tenured educators held a two-day strike on campus. The recent actions are part of the educators' calls for a labor contract, which would be their first with the university. Negotiations have been ongoing since October 2014. The educators are seeking long-term contracts based on an individual's number of years teaching at the school, while university officials, who back the idea of longer contracts, want the deals to be administered based on merit and at the discretion of the department in which the instructor teaches.