CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A fourth union at Southern Illinois University’s flagship Carbondale campus has voted to authorize a strike.

WSIU Radio reports that SIUC’s union of non-tenure track faculty has signed off on the prospect of a walkout. Eighty percent of members cast a ballot in voting that ended Wednesday, and 83 percent of them agreed to a strike if necessary.

That continent includes head-start teachers and instructors in departments across the campus and world, with some teaching on military bases or satellite campuses.

All four Illinois Education Association-affiliated bargaining units now have given their leadership the power to call a strike at any time.

SIU President Glenn Poshard has said he understands the unions’ frustration but that bargainers need to understand the administration’s financial constraints.

Contract talks continue.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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