CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Members of SIU's Faculty Association union overwhelmingly voted to approve a tentative agreement between the faculty and SIU administration.
Ninety-five percent of faculty members who cast a ballot Wednesday voted in favor of the tentative agreement.
Faculty members say this is the end of a battle that's gone on for more than a year and a half. That's when the last contract expired.
Earlier this month, members of the faculty union took to the picket lines in a week-long strike that was the first in SIU's history.
Now, faculty members say they're glad it's over and they have at least another two and a half years until the next round of collective bargaining.
"It was a strong vote in favor of ratification and I think we accomplished a lot in everything we did in order to get this contract," said Faculty Association president Randy Hughes.
Three issues remain to be worked out before the official contract is inked pertaining to: conflicts of interest, sexual harassment claims reporting, and work load definitions.
Still, Hughes says the ratification of this agreement is the same as agreeing to the terms of the contract and the overwhelming majority of faculty have given their approval.