SIU teacher strike enters day four

The SIU Faculty Association strike is at day four. Officials are expected to meet Sunday evening to discuss further bargaining and the strike.

Union members took their picket line to downtown Carbondale on Saturday.

"We didn't want to disrupt the open house there on the SIU Campus," said David Johnson spokesperson for the SIU Faculty Association.

So instead of walking the entrances on campus, union members stood with picket signs in hand at the pavilion in downtown Carbondale.

And some students at the university are getting concerned about how the strike could be affecting the school's image.

"I know SIU is trying to bring back a good positive image back to the campus. And I just think this keeps bringing it down,"said Danielle Harper.

"It kind of degrades the campus because the teachers are supposed to be educating the students but they're on strike. So we're kind of left hanging,"said Brian Inglis.

A spokesperson for the SIU Administrators, Rod Sievers says the university has sent the union a letter on Friday.

"We did sent them a letter inviting them to begin talking again on Monday to get back to the negotiating table," said Sievers.

And David Johnson a spokesperson for the SIU Faculty Association says they are planning on sitting down to talk to administrators soon.

"We are going to bring in a federal mediator to join us in our talks," said Johnson.

"Hopefully that will happen as early as Sunday afternoon. But it will just depend on everyone's schedules."

Randy Hughes, FA President, and Morteza Daneshdoost, the FA's bargaining chair made two announcements at the after-picketing dinner Saturday night.

FA officials say there will be an open meeting for all faculty, whether they are a FA member or not, Sunday at the Carbondale Civic Center, from 5-7 p.m. Faculty is expected to get the most up-to-date information about bargaining and the strike, at that time.

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