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Faculty union strike nets big gains

For the University of Illinois – Chicago. Story here:

Highlights of the contract, retroactive to Aug. 16, 2012:

■ Faculty will get retroactive pay raises averaging 6.75 percent for the past two years plus a 1-percent raise on top of a campus wage increase next year. The campus wage increase is believed to be between 2 percent and 2.5 percent for next year.

■ A minimum yearly salary for full-time, non-tenure track faculty of $37,500, a 25-percent increase. Before the contract, the average was $30,000.

■ $1,500 for research and professional development in 2014-2015.

■ A guaranteed 10-percent raise when a faculty member gets promoted.

■ Also, the contract reconfirms the faculty’s traditional role in governance and curriculum development.

The faculty staged a two-day strike in February to call attention to a lack of progress in the lengthy talks — the focus of national attention since UIC is one of only a handful of top research institutions to form a union — and had set a new strike date before reaching the agreement.

The UO faculty union contract and its “no-strike clause” expires 7/1/2015. Bargaining starts this December. Join the union and get a voice in bargaining priorities. From the UAUO website:

General Membership Meeting

All full members of United Academics are invited to the first General Membership Meeting.

Tuesday, May 13
Gerlinger Lounge
5-6 is the social hour, with dinner, drinks, music, and conversation.
6-8 is the business portion of the meeting.

If you plan to come, please fill out the RSVP and survey.

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