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U of I Grad Students Discuss Strike
For the second time in three years, a strike is possible for the Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Illinois.
A membership meeting will be held on Thursday to discuss filling an intent to strike notice.
The organization reportedly met with University representatives 18 times since last April without reaching agreement on any major contract proposals.
The biggest issues are waiver protection, wages, and healthcare.
"Graduate students teach over 20 percent of classes, and they teach more than 36 percent of the freshmen class hours," the organization's Stephanie Seawell said. "And this is standard across the country, and tuition waivers are key to that. So if they could do that here at the U of I, we are concerned that could spread to other college campuses across the country."
The intent to strike paperwork does not mean a strike will indeed happen. It is simply a procedural step that unions take during negotiations in order for unions to put that option on the table.