CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A union representing faculty at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale plans to walk off the job in two weeks if a contract settlement isn’t reached.

WSIU Radio reports that the school’s faculty association says its members will strike November 3rd unless there’s a tentative deal.

The union and the school’s administrators have been bargaining since April 2010.

The association says it is focused on academic freedom and tenure issues, as well as the autonomy of faculty members to teach the courses the way they deem appropriate.

SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng says she hopes a deal can be reached within the university’s budget constraints.

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

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Download The App

Listen Live