AUGUSTA (AP) — The University of Maine System and the union representing faculty have requested state intervention in their 2-year-old contract dispute.
The Associated Faculty of the University of Maine is requesting arbitration with the Maine Labor Relations Board.
The Kennebec Journal reported that the university system has filed a complaint with the same board alleging that some faculty members are engaged in an illegal work stoppage.
About 1,200 faculty members represented by the union have been working without a contract since July 2011. The sides disagree over salaries and other issues.
Some faculty members at the seven universities are "working to rule," which means they are refusing to participate in what they consider voluntary tasks.
The university system's complaint claims the job duties are required by contract.