Food-service workers at the University of Illinois are threatening to strike as contract talks continue. (Photo courtesy Ray Cunningham,/flickr)
By The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN - The union that represents about 800 building and food-service workers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign says its members could strike soon if they don't get a new contract.
Service Employees International Union Local 73 on Monday informed the university of its intent to strike.
SEIU senior field organizer Ricky Baldwin called the notice a ``last resort.'' But The News-Gazette in Champaign reports the union also said it plans to continue negotiating.
The union and the Urbana-Champaign campus have been negotiating since June 2012. They brought in a federal mediator late last year.
Union and university officials are scheduled to meet in a negotiating session Tuesday.