URBANA, Ill. -- Nontenured faculty members at the University of Illinois' flagship campus have filed a petition with the state saying they want to unionize.
Union supporters at the Urbana-Champaign campus say they filed notice Wednesday with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. The board oversees collective bargaining involving universities and other schools.
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The board is expected to holding a hearing on the petition within several weeks.
The News-Gazette reported that union organizers say they collected signatures from a majority of the more than 400 instructors on campus who lack the tenure and job security of professors.
Brian Dolinar, a visiting lecturer and a unionization proponent, said union supporters would like better pay and multiyear contracts.
University spokeswoman Robin Kaler declined to comment because the school hasn't seen the petition.