Newest UI union running into delays on pay raises

Newest UI union running into delays on pay raises

URBANA — The recent unionization of some University of Illinois faculty members appears to be having an unintended consequence when it comes to raises.

The nontenure-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 that unit can't be awarded until a formal contract agreement is reached.

Union spokeswoman Dr. Dorothee Schneider said the news is disappointing but not necessarily permanent.

"We don't see the situation as ironclad as the university presents it in its memo," Schneider said. "It's certainly possible for us, after conferring with our members, to let the university proceed on regularly scheduled raises and promotions. We will confer in the next few days."

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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