UIC, faculty union reach tentative agreement

Written By BY SANDRA GUY Staff Reporter Posted: 04/16/2014, 08:52am

The University of Illinois at Chicago faculty union said Wednesday it has reached a tentative agreement with the university administration on labor contracts for tenure-track and non-tenure track members.

The two sides had argued over increasing salary and promotion opportunities for full-time faculty who are non-tenured, and boosting the pay of certain long-term faculty who make less money than their newly hired peers.

“Many aspects of faculty work life and professional conditions are dramatically improved under the new agreement,” the union said in a statement.

The contract will extend through next year.

The union statement said the contract details are embargoed until the 1,150 members vote at the end of next week.

The two sides had been negotiating the university’s first faculty labor contract for almost two years. Just last week, the union had set a new strike date of April 23 if bargaining continued to stall. The faculty staged a two-day strike in February to call attention to the lack of progress.

A university spokesman declined to comment.

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