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UIC Faculty Set for Two-Day Strike


Faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago say they're walking off the job for two days over the pace of contract negotiations.

Union officials say hundreds of faculty members will strike on Tuesday and Wednesday.
They say 18 months of contract talks have resulted in little progress on key issues.
Joe Persky is president of the faculty union. He says the school is refusing to pay professors what they're worth despite higher tuition and a big reserve fund.
He says the university and union bargained all weekend, but the union concluded its core demands won't be met without a strike.
Strikers plan to hold a rally and picket both days.