University of Maine and Faculty Union Seek Intervention in Two Year Dispute 

The University of Maine system and the union representing faculty have requested state intervention in their two-year-old contract dispute.More than a thousand union faculty members have been working without a contract since July 2011. The sides disagree on salaries and other issues. Some faculty members at the seven universities are refusing to participate in what they consider voluntary tasks.The university system claims the job duties are required by contract and has filed a complaint with the Maine Labor Relations board.The union representing the faculty has asked for arbitration from the same board.