- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A Rockford community college has postponed credit classes indefinitely after faculty union members went on strike.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1iuBchx) that Rock Valley College faculty members were to go on strike Wednesday. A federal mediator met with faculty and the school’s board of trustees for negotiations Tuesday into the evening but no deal was reached. Nonunion staff will still report to work.

The school put out a statement saying it wants to “resolve this contract at the bargaining table.” Union president Michael Youngblood said in a statement that the school isn’t bargaining in good faith and pushed faculty to strike. The union has about 160 members. The previous contract expired June 30.

Chief issues include wages and benefits.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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