We sent the following email to our colleagues following a long bargaining session.
We are sorry to keep you waiting, but we want to assure you that we have been working until this last moment on negotiations. We had some important discussions regarding the issues central to us, which are the reference to the Faculty Personnel Process regarding reappointment, tenure and promotion; and meaningful protection against procedural violations of that policy.
We do not yet have a proposal on this issue that we can agree to. But there is room to avoid a strike if the University Administration proves it is willing to take steps toward a compromise we can agree to.
To that end we have scheduled another bargaining session for Monday morning and we will keep you posted on our progress. The decision regarding a work stoppage will be made on Monday, depending on how that conversation goes.
This does not preclude the possibility of a work action next week, so we will continue preparations for the work stoppage, even as we continue negotiations.
UIS UF Executive Board
and Negotiating Team