Chicago State University Faculty and Staff Union Files Intent to Strike Notice

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The Chicago State University chapter of the University Professionals of Illinois (CSU UPI, IFT Local 4100) officially filed their intent to strike notice with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board yesterday afternoon. The union represents about 160 faculty, lecturers, academic support professionals, and technical support staff at CSU. CSU UPI members overwhelmingly voted (98%) to authorize a strike on March 10, allowing their team to call a strike if adequate progress is not made at the bargaining table. Now that the 10-day intent to strike notice has been filed, members may strike as early as April 3.  “A strike is always a last resort, but CSU administration has pushed us to that point,” said Dr. Valerie Goss, president of the CSU UPI chapter and associate chemistry professor. “We have been meeting for nearly one year, yet CSU administration still hasn’t once come to the table with a viable offer. We will continue to demand the support we need to give our students the education they deserve.” An additional bargaining session is scheduled for March 30th.

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