UIS Faculty On Strike
Third Strike on Third U of I Campus
May 1, 2017
SPRINGFIELD – After twenty months of negotiations, University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS) United Faculty has announced that it will be on strike starting Tuesday, May 2nd. This announcement comes after twenty months of bargaining will little progress on the part of the University of Illinois administration.
“We did not want it to come to this, but Chancellor Koch and the U of I administration forced the strike by dragging its feet and playing games at the bargaining table,” said Kristi Barnwell, History professor at UIS. “Our students deserve this to be settled and we hope that management will change course and agree to a deal that’s fair to the faculty, our students, and the community.”
This is not the first time University of Illinois faculty have gone on strike. Last spring, the Non-Tenure Track Faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign went on strike before settling its first contract. The University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) United Faculty went on strike in 2014.
UIS United Faculty had previously filed an intent to strike on April 14, 2017 after its membership voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if Union leadership determined it was necessary.
UIS United Faculty is a chapter of University Professionals of Illinois (UPI), IFT Local 4100, which represents 3,000 faculty, staff, and graduate students at seven public universities in Illinois. UIS UF was certified on February 13, 2015.
UPI Local 4100/UIS United Faculty