In the Chicago area, and Illinois generally, there is not a single bargaining unit that includes both full-time tenure- track (FTTT) and all other contingent faculty of any institution. There are two units that include the FTTT and a large portion, varying by workload, of the contingents. All of the rest of the bargaining units in Illinois are either contingent-only units or FTTT-only, with a few of the contingent units also including academic professionals. Even recent efforts by some local existing FTTT unions to organize the contingents on their campuses have proposed separate units, with only some offering common membership in the same local union. Many of the new bargaining units among contingents in the public sector are of a different union altogether, often NEA contingents and AFT full-time faculty in the community colleges.

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