Contract talks between UI, grad-student union still stalled

Contract talks between UI, grad-student union still stalled

Thursday came and went with no word of a contract agreement between the University of Illinois and a union representing graduate students.

Earlier this week, the Graduate Employees Organization filed an unfair-labor-practice grievance with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, claiming that the UI wants to have "sole authority" over what graduate-student workers are paid rather than bargain over wages.

UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the school's wage proposal includes a raise in the first year of the contract, then ties any future pay hikes to the campus wage program. Kaler said the language is similar to what other campus unions have accepted.

The labor-relations board is not expected to rule on the grievance for some time but could impose punishment on the UI if it finds that it acted improperly.

This filing comes as the GEO continues to threaten a strike. The union has voted in favor of doing so but has not filed strike paperwork with the state.

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