SEIU to strike starting at midnight

After almost nine months of negotiations, the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union has decided to strike after receiving the University’s final offer for a contract. The strike will start at midnight Sunday and will continue until Wednesday, unless progress is made in negotiations.

Voting took place over the weekend and at 4:30 Sunday, SEIU officials, representing about 800 University building and food service workers, finished counting the votes and announced the news to the press.

“It’s wonderful to see our bargaining unit and our members are standing together ... fighting for a fair contract and fighting to make sure our wages continue to be living wages,” said Aaron Ammons, SEIU local chapter vice president.

While the union couldn’t release specific numbers, Gloria Von Behren said most members of the union came out to vote.

“This is the right move because (of) the state of the times right now,” Ammons said. “Knowing that our pensions are going up, that healthcare may be going up, and inflation is going up, yet our raises are not meeting that. We’ll be out, ready to man our posts, and we’ll see how soon the University comes to the table.”

Austin can be reached at akkeati2@dailyillini.com.