University of Illinois faculty union calls off strike

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) – Classes will resume at the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus after a faculty union reached a tentative contract agreement with the school and called off the remainder of its strike.

The Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition Local 6546 authorized a five-day strike when contract talks ended without a settlement last Wednesday. The strike began Thursday morning and was scheduled through the last day of classes this Wednesday.

The Champaign News-Gazette reports that a five-year agreement between the union and the school was finalized late Saturday night. The union voted unanimously Sunday to end the strike.

Faculty Coalition Local 6546 President Shawn Gilmore says a ratification vote is scheduled for Thursday.

Classes are expected to resume on their normal schedules Monday.
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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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