CARBONDALE - SIU Carbondale faculty will be voting September 28 whether to go on strike over a new contract stalemate with university administration that's lasted for 442 days.
The Faculty Association's Departmental Representative Council, which represent all departments of tenured and tenure-track faculty, vote unanimously Thursday night to initiate a strike vote. Now, the entire membership will vote whether or not they agree.
Association representative David M. Johnson, an associated professor in SIU's foreign language department, said the union began negotiations with the administration in April 2010, but they shut down bargaining this spring and began imposing terms the union hadn't agreed to. Contract negotiations have resumed, but union officials said not enough progress has been made.
"It's time for faculty to take a stand to protect our academic values, our university, and our students," Johnson said. "We do not want to go on strike, but if a strike is the only waya to protect quality education at SIUC, we will go on strike."
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