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UIC faculty strike suspended

Tentative agreement reached; classes to resume Monday 

After a 9-hour bargaining session today, UIC United Faculty (UICUF), the union representing 1500 tenure and non tenure faculty at the University of Illinois Chicago, reached a tentative agreement with management on a new faculty contract. Faculty will return to work tomorrow.

Union members and UIC management have been in negotiations since April 2022. Faculty have been working without a contract since August 16, 2022. Union members and allies have been on strike since Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

“This contract contains important gains on the issues most important to our members,” said Aaron Krall, UICUF president. “We are especially proud of winning $60,000 minimum salaries for our lowest paid members and the commitments on student wellness and disability testing.”

Key wins for the union in this contract are:

  • Non-contractual, public commitments on expanding resources for student wellness and establishing psychoeducational testing
  • Increased minimum salaries for the lowest paid faculty: $60,000 NTT and $71,500 TT
  • Equity adjustment to base salaries for all represented faculty
  • 5% average raise pools per each year of the 4-year contract
  • Stronger job protections for non-tenure track faculty
  • Expanded Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment policies

The contract expires in August 2026.

The UIC United Faculty (Local 6456) represents the bargaining units of Tenure/Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure Track faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. UICUF is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, and the American Association of University Professors.

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