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U Of Illinois Union Starts 5-Day Strike

The non tenure track faculty union overwhelmingly approved to strike after hearing the results of last night's bargaining session with the university's administration. (WCCU/WICS)

Dozens of classes are now canceled at the U of I as the non-tenure track faculty there go on strike for the second time this month.

Union officials say it could last until the end of the semester.

The union overwhelmingly approved to strike after hearing the results of last night's 10-hour bargaining session with the university's administration.

The union says there wasn't enough movement on big items like multi-year contracts.

"We agreed to stay as long as it took. Around 7 p.m. the university made their last proposal and left. So our bargaining team collected its stuff and left, and we'll be happy to go back whenever they're ready," said Shawn Gilmore, President, NTFC Local #6546.

The university says it regrets the disruption the strike will cause students. Both sides have agreed to meet Friday morning and all day Tuesday.

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