Union ready to strike against UI as 'last resort'

Union ready to strike against UI as 'last resort'

CHAMPAIGN — A campus labor union has told the University of Illinois of its intent to strike soon.

Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents almost 800 building and food service workers on the Urbana campus, approved a strike authorization last month. The move gave a union committee the power to issue a 10-day strike notice to the university, effectively paving the way for union members to strike anytime after that.

SEIU notified the university about its plans on Monday.

“This does not mean negotiations are over,” the union said in a statement.

The news comes a day before yet another planned negotiating session and two days before another picket planned for campus.

The union and university have been negotiating for a new contract since June 2012. The two sides brought in a federal mediator in December.

The bargaining committees called the action “a last resort, because they feel it is necessary. Hopefully we will be able to reach agreement before the strike happens, but we are prepared to take that step if necessary,” said SEIU senior field organizer Ricky Baldwin in a statement.

After the union overwhelmingly approved the strike authorization, a campus spokeswoman said if the two sides work together, they will be able to reach an agreement.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on February 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Do it before Spring Break.  Let Billy, and Suzie's mommy fix them their meals.  Let dad clean their rooms.  Let the buildings build up trash.  Let them come back to the mess after Break.

illini_trucker wrote on February 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Unions had their time and place in history. That's where they should've stayed!! SO MUCH unnecessary cost nowadays thanks to unions! Gosh darn it, I'm not gonna work at all if I can't have my $38 an hour plus full benefits!! And then America wonders why business goes foreign. I'm just waiting for the day when Guardian West goes south (no pun intended). Lord knows, UAW has been knocking on it's door for almost a decade now. Now they have an insider feeding them any info to cause fine after endless fine; sometimes over piddly crap! We will see who has the last laugh when 200+ workers in Urbana lose their jobs. I would like to refer to the OSHA fines as a "terminal tax." Get it while you can! Unions - driving business out of America quicker than Obama can downgrade a Republican!!

volts10 wrote on February 26, 2013 at 5:02 am

AMEN