Many UIC Classes Canceled as Faculty Strike Continues

Strike began Tuesday over what union members said was a protest over low wages

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 6:34 AM CDT
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Faculty begins  two-day strike over low wages. Michelle Relerford reports

Faculty begins two-day strike over low wages. Michelle Relerford reports

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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.

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