U of I graduate instructors plan to strike - KMOV.com

U of I graduate instructors plan to strike




CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- University of Illinois graduate instructors plan to strike following this weekend's contract negotiations.

Members of the Graduate Employees' Organization on Sunday said the strike will begin Monday morning.

According to a union statement, the major point of contention is whether the school would promise to allow graduate and teaching assistants to attend the university for free.

Union members and university officials say negotiations lasted six hours on Saturday and all other issues were resolved.

University spokesman Robin Kaler says the union made additional demands after both parties reached agreement.

Kaler says the union has a right to strike, but faculty members are expected to show up to work.

The union represents graduate and teaching assistants and has about 2,500 members.

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