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Faculty Strike at U. of Illinois at Springfield Ends With Contract Agreement

After nearly a week, a faculty strike at the University of Illinois at Springfield has come to an end after a tentative contract agreement was reached with the the administration, the Chicago Tribune reports. Details of the contract have not yet been released.

UIS United Faculty, the faculty union, which represents roughly 160 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, announced the strike last Monday after failing to reach an agreement with the administration. With final exams looming, faculty members took to the picket lines the following day.

“After a productive weekend of good faith negotiations, we are pleased to report that a tentative agreement between the university administration and the new UIS faculty union has been reached,” said Susan Koch, the campus chancellor, and Lynn Fisher, the union president, in a joint statement. “The strike is over.”

The final agreed-upon contract must be ratified by a union vote, which will take place before the semester ends on Saturday.

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