Staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago and members of the faculty union reached a tentative agreement late Sunday, ending a nearly week-long strike as staff prepare to return to work on Monday.
The UIC Joint Faculty announced that the agreement includes salary increases, enhanced job protection for non-tenure-track faculty, and non-contractual commitments for mental health services.
“This is the end of a lengthy negotiation process,” the university said. “Both parties were able to find common ground for an overall contract that addressed various faculty concerns and bridged compensation provision gaps. There may be difficult financial times ahead that will require more cooperation with leadership, or efforts to reduce costs, improve student retention and graduation rates, and increase the financial stability of the institution. increase.”
The union and university management have been negotiating since April 2022, but faculty first went on strike on Tuesday.
“This agreement includes material benefits on the issues most important to our members,” said UICUF President Aaron Krall in a statement. “We are especially proud to have earned our lowest-paying member her $60,000 minimum salary and worked on student health and disability testing.”
The new contract has to be approved by union members, but faculty and staff are expected to return to work from Monday.
If the contract is approved, it will expire in August 2026.