U. of Ill. building, food workers vote on contract
(AP) -- Building and food-service workers at the University of Illinois'
Urbana-Champaign campus are voting on whether to accept a new contract offer or
go on strike Monday.
The Service Employees International Union
said in a news release Friday that its more than 700 members at the campus
started voting Friday and have until Sunday to cast ballots on the latest offer
from the university. If union members vote it down they would go on strike at
The union and university have been
negotiating since June and brought in a federal mediator last year.
The union said disagreements continue
over wages and other matters.
University spokeswoman Robin Kaler said
mangers will fill in where needed if workers go on strike.
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