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updated: 12/6/2013 7:21 AM

UIC faculty authorizes strike; no walkout planned

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Associated Press

Unionized faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago have authorized a strike, even as contract negotiations continue.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that despite the vote, no strike is imminent.

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UIC United Faculty represents about 800 educators who've been negotiating with school administrators for 15 months.

Union spokesman John Shuler says the group is hoping to avoid a strike. He says the two sides are continuing to work with a federal mediator to approve a new four-year contract. Meetings are scheduled to take place through early January.

The two sides are haggling over salary and promotion opportunities for non-tenured, full-time faculty. The union also wants to boost salaries for some long-time educators.

University spokesman Bill Burton says he's optimistic the two sides would reach a deal.

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