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Non-tenured faculty at U of Illinois begin 2-day strike

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) _ Members of the union that represents University of Illinois faculty who are not on a tenure track have begun a two-day strike they hope will help win a contract with the school.

Shawn Gilmore is president of the Nontenure-Track Faculty Coalition Local 6546. He said Tuesday that it is not clear yet how many of the union’s roughly 500 members are not working Tuesday. But he said a majority voted to support a strike.

Some union members picketed around the university’s English Building Tuesday morning.

Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two sides are trying to find common ground on a contract they’ve been negotiating since October 2014.

The union plans to strike Wednesday and then return to work.