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Officials with the Nontenure-Track Faculty Coalition Local 6546 hope a two-day strike and picketing will give school administrators at the Urbana-Champaign campus appreciation for non-tenured faculty. | Associated Press file photo

Non-tenured faculty at U of Illinois begin two-day strike

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SHARE Non-tenured faculty at U of Illinois begin two-day strike

URBANA, Ill. — Members of the union that represents University of Illinois faculty who are not on a tenure track have begun a two-day strike they hope will help win a contract with the school.

Shawn Gilmore is president of the Nontenure-Track Faculty Coalition Local 6546. He said Tuesday that it is not clear yet how many of the union’s roughly 500 members are not working Tuesday. But he said a majority voted to support a strike.

Some union members picketed around the university’s English Building Tuesday morning.

Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two sides are trying to find common ground on a contract they’ve been negotiating since October 2014.

The union plans to strike Wednesday and then return to work.

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