New UI faculty union may mean delay in some raises

New UI faculty union may mean delay in some raises

The recent unionization of some faculty members at the University of Illinois appears to be having an unintended consquence when it comes to pay raises.

The non-tenure track faculty union was certified by the state last month.  And in an e-mail to faculty Tuesday, the UI provost's office said that for the upcoming academic year, salary increases for specialized faculty in the bargaining unit can't be done until a formal contract agreement is reached between the two sides.

Union spokesperson and UI faculty member Dr. Dorothee Schneider said the news is disappointing but not necessarily permanent.

The provost's office also said in its e-mail that the UI is appealing the state's decision to certify the faculty union.  No hearings in the case have been set yet.

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