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The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Members of EIU-UPI chant about what they want in a new contract during their strike.

EIU-UPI accepts Eastern’s contract offer Tuesday

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2023

Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, voted to ratify and approve Eastern’s final contract offer by 92 percent on Tuesday. EIU-UPI and Eastern’s administration...

Spencer Spear, an educational leadership graduate student, supports his wife, Shelly Spear, an English instructor, in her fight for a fair contract in front of Old Main Wednesday afternoon.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: To Provost Gatrell, get EIU strong

Spencer Spear April 21, 2023

Dr. Gatrell, My perspective is a unique one that demonstrates my pride for EIU and its community through multiple avenues. PAST: I am a proud EIU alumnus who remembers the positive impacts my...

Spencer Spear, an educational leadership graduate student, supports his wife, Shelly Spear, an English instructor, in her fight for a fair contract in front of Old Main Wednesday afternoon.

EIU-UPI, admin comments on strike suspension

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2023

Jennifer Stringfellow, president of Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois and special education professor, said she is no longer surprised when disappointed by Eastern’s administration. EIU-UPI...

Tatiana Stringer, a sophomore health adminstration major, supports the faculty striking for a fair contract by joining them at the picket lines and yelling into the speaker phone Wednesday afternoon in front of Old Main.

BREAKING: EIU-UPI suspends strike, classes to resume

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2023

Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, have announced the six-day strike has been suspended and classes will resume beginning Friday at 8 a.m. Eastern’s administration...

Picketers strike in front of Old Main for day four of not being in the classrooms to protest for a fair contract Tuesday afternoon.

Strike Day 5: Students, community members join Eastern’s union in striking

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor April 12, 2023

Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, continued their strike for the fifth day while celebrating their students and community day. Union members, students and community...

Tatiana Stringer, a sophomore health adminstration major, supports the faculty striking for a fair contract by joining them at the picket lines and yelling into the speaker phone Wednesday afternoon in front of Old Main.

EIU-UPI strike impacts the community

Adriana Hernadez-Santana, Junior Feature Editor April 12, 2023

As Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, and Eastern’s negotiations continue to go through negotiations, the members of the community spoke out about how the strike not...

EDITORIAL: Students are left to fend for themselves amidst strike

EDITORIAL: Students are left to fend for themselves amidst strike

Editorial Board April 12, 2023

EIU-UPI and Eastern's administration have been negotiating for over a year leading to a strike beginning April 6. This has led to almost all classes, advising appointments, committee meetings and more...

EDITORIAL: As strike inches closer, no changes occur

EDITORIAL: As strike inches closer, no changes occur

Editorial Staff April 12, 2023

EDITOR'S NOTE: This editorial was published in the March 29 print edition prior to the beginning of the strike. Eastern's chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, have been negotiating...

Corey Cunningham, a counselor at Eastern Illinois Universitys Counseling Center, pickets outside Old Main Thursday.

Counseling clinic cancels, reschedules appointments because of UPI strike

Rob Le Cates, Photo Editor April 12, 2023

Eastern’s Counseling Clinic canceled and rescheduled students’ appointments because of EIU-UPI’s strike. Jessica Colbert, the associate director of the Counseling Clinic, said all four of the full-time...

Tatiana Stringer (left), a sophomore health administration major, rings a cowbell and blows an airhorn encouraging drivers to honk in support of the union contract negotiations outside Old Main on their fourth day of picketing for a fair contract Tuesday morning.

EIU-UPI responds to EIU’s ‘middle of the night’ statement, calls out admin’s lawyer

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief April 12, 2023

Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, responded to Eastern’s announcement of their final offer for a new contract and criticized the administrative hired lawyer Mark Bennett...

EIU-UPI and student picketers walk outside Old Main on their fourth day of picketing for a fair contract Tuesday morning.

BREAKING: EIU admin offers final offer for EIU-UPI contract agreement

Madelyn Kidd, Editor-in-Chief April 12, 2023

Eastern is offering its “last, best and final” offer to Eastern’s chapter of University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, after the negotiation session Tuesday. EIU-UPI have been bargaining...

President of EIU-UPI Jennifer Stringfellow speaks at Governors State Universitys first day of strikes at University Park Tuesday.

Strike Day 4: Eastern’s union joins GSU in strike

Cam'ron Hardy, News Editor April 11, 2023

Eastern’s University Professionals of Illinois, EIU-UPI, gathered at Morton Park at 8 a.m. to picket alongside Governors State University, GSU. The bus left around 8:30 a.m. to pick up union members...

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