UIC graduates ratify new contract after deadlock that led to six-day strike

CHICAGO (CBS) — Graduate workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have ratified a new contract after a six-day strike.

A total of 97% of voting members of the UIC Graduate Employees Organization, IFT Local 6297, voted in favor of ratifying the contract.

The union said the contract involves a 9.58% increase this academic year and further increases in future years, as well as a tuition waiver guaranteed in the contract for the first time ever. The contract also included provisions against discrimination and harassment.

The strike ended on Tuesday when the deal was reached pending ratification.

It had been a year since their union began negotiating with the university administration.

This is the second consecutive contract cycle that workers have gone on strike.


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