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UIC and SEIU Local 73, the union representing the employees, are currently negotiating successor agreements for about 4,000 clerical, professional, technical and service workers.
Since July 2019, UIC has been negotiating with SEIU Local 73 to reach fair and fiscally responsible multiyear contract agreements. In March, SEIU requested a hiatus in bargaining due to COVID-19. In May, UIC requested to resume negotiations and we have been meeting on a regular basis with all units since. In our most recent sessions, we have been joined by a federal mediator who is helping guide our discussions.
On September 3, SEIU filed a 10-day notice of intent to strike with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB). In informing UIC and UI Health of this action, SEIU has indicated its plans for a potential work stoppage commencing no sooner than September 14. SEIU opted to strike after the 10-calendar day waiting period, but negotiations are ongoing.