Members of the University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty union planned a second day of picketing Wednesday, forcing university officials to cancel about half of the day's scheduled classes.
The strike began Tuesday over what union members said was a protest over low wages. The union and school administration have been locked in a stalemate over a contract for more than a year.
"I make 30,000 a year before taxes," UIC lecturer John Casey said. "If you're in my position and you're working just this one job, you find yourself with about $100 dollars a month to pay the bills."
The two sides have set aside time on Friday to continue negotiations.
A website -- facultycollectivebargaining.uic.edu -- was put online to share news about the talks.