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SEIU on the Picket Line

URBANA--University of Illinois Service Employees are on the picket lines in a show of support for contract negotiations.

The university now has less than two weeks to work out a deal, before they strike.

Service employees gave their notice of intent to strike on Monday.

Workers are fed up, and cite unfair labor practices.

They claim the U of I is nickel and diming in negotiations with UIUC.

Employees have been working on an expired contract since last July.
Since then, the union says two of the six dining services employees involved in bargaining have been fired for allegedly arguing.

Three were docked a day's pay for attending scheduled negotiations.

Also, one received a year of probation and lost an opportunity for a promotion for letting her union rep into the break room to talk during break.

We reached out to the university for comment, a spokesperson says quote:

"We don't punish employees for participating in union activities."

Union officials say they've been patient since July, and hopefully they can reach an agreement before the strike happens.

ABC Newschannel 15's Marine Glisovic reports.