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Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 4:48 pm, Wed Oct 17, 2012.

Service workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have decided to cancel the strike planned to begin Aug. 23 after University President Micheal Hogan met with members of the union.

According to a Service Employees International Union Local 73 press release, Hogan met with Union Local 73 President Christine Boardman, Vice President Phil Martini and University Counsel Steve Veazie.

Ben Rothschild, junior in LAS at UIC and member of the Undergraduate-Graduate Alliance, said negotiations had been going on for a while and the vote for intent to strike occurred over the summer.

Service workers at UIC were being replaced with academic professionals, Rothschild said.

"The academic professionals were being paid higher wages and given more vacation days," he said. "The service workers were 95 percent Latino and African-American were being replaced by white or Asian academic professionals."

A state senate hearing at UIC on Aug. 11 investigated labor hiring and found discriminatory hiring practices, Rothschild said.

"They agreed to call off the strike as a good faith measure," Rothschild said. "But there is still concern among members about a fair contract."

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