Faculty and Staff Strike at Eastern Illinois University

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Members of EIU UPI at Morton Park, Charleston, Ill., Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Photo provided by EIU UPI

Eastern Illinois University University Professionals of Illinois (EIU UPI, IFT Local 4100) members went on strike on April 6, after more than a year of fruitless bargaining, which forced faculty and staff to work without a contract since September, 2022. Key issues were compensation and workload, with the university’s last pre-strike offer constituting an effective pay cut for all members of the union. The strike was suspended after a tentative agreement was reached on April 13.

Faculty and staff also went on strike at Chicago State University on April 3, and at Governors State University on April 11. Northeastern Illinois University held a strike vote and authorized a strike if no progress is made with a mediator soon.

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