U of I food, building workers to strike today

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHAMPAIGN – Food and building-service workers at the University of Illinois will walk off the job for three days starting early today, after members of both bargaining units rejected the university’s contract offer.

Service Employees International Union Local 73 spokesman Adam Rosen said Sunday that a majority of workers from both bargaining units rejected the university’s contract offer, but he did not disclose the vote totals.

Outstanding issues include wages, provisions regarding retaliation against employees and the privatization of some work, Rosen said.

Negotiations began in May, and a federal mediator recently was brought in.

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