"We went in for three days over the weekend and there was virtually no movement," said Joe Persky, the union local's president. "We feel we have to get the administration's attention."
The union, which represents 1,100 full-time tenured and non-tenured faculty, plans to strike starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow and continuing through Feb. 19. It is the first teachers' strike to hit the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois. The union was created 18 months ago and has negotiated since then for separate contracts for tenured and non-tenured members.
"I don't think a strike is the best thing for the university," said Lon Kaufman, UIC's provost. "I would hope both sides going forward would bargain in good faith toward the completion of a contract."