Sunday, August 22, 2010

UPDATE: UIC Strike called off, negotiations move forward...


The plans for a strike by clerical workers at UIC has been called off, at least for the time being. It looks as if a negotiations on a new contract are moving forward. Here is a statement issued by Joe Iosbaker, Chief Steward at UIC for SEIU Local 73...

As a result of last minute overtures by the University of Illinois president, the officers and elected bargaining committees of SEIU Local 73 at UIC have agreed we will not strike on Monday, August 23rd...

We appreciate all the solidarity we have received from students; from our co-workers, especially the Graduate Employees, Nurses, Teamsters, Faculty, and Doctors; and of course, the labor movement and broader community. We will resume Federal Mediation and hope to gain contracts soon, as our members have been without raises and have suffered job losses over the past year without a contract.

Of course, should negotiations fail to bring us a fair contract with job security and decent pay, we haven’t given up our right to strike.

In solidarity and struggle –

Joe Iosbaker
Chief Steward, Clerical/Administrative Unit, SEIU Local 73,
UIC

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