UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Protest organizers at UI say their numbers are growing and show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
UI grad student employees have been striking for two days. They say they haven’t reached a contract agreement with the university for fair wages.
Monday, the UI said 27 classes were canceled and dozens more changed locations. The co-president of GEO says more were canceled Tuesday and the strike is growing.
They’ve been negotiating for more money for almost a year. They started planning the strike at the beginning of the month.
The co-president says all they want is to continue their contract which expired in 2009. Tuesday, multiple picket groups were seen throughout the Quad.
The co-president says they’ve been joined by people from Colorado, Chicago and Rhode Island who came to help.
The UI release this statement on the protest saying they have listened to the GEO and made a generous proposal: “We are ready to resume the bargaining process and we hope we will reach an agreement that ends the strike as quickly as possible.”
The provost also said they believe the strike will end soon. The co-president says he does not think that’s true.
They’re not leaving, but they’re ready to bargain with the university if they’re invited back to the table.
The GEO says they’ve been working 197 days since the contract with UIUC administration expired. Their GoFundMe page has reached more than $19,000 to continue paying for the strike.