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State Labor Board Certifies Faculty Union at U. of Illinois at Chicago

The Illinois Education Labor Relations Board on Thursday certified a new union for tenure-track and adjunct faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago, upholding an administrative-law judge’s conclusion that state statutes do not limit such faculty unions to tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and allow them to include adjuncts. The University of Illinois system’s administration had said it would appeal any board decision in the proposed union’s favor. If the new union, UIC United Faculty, is allowed to stand, it will be affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and the American Association of University Professors.

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