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Boards of education continue negotiations

  • Date Posted
    November 19, 2019
  • Category
    News
Two school districts have filed with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) and are in the final offer stages of negotiations.

Galena CUSD 120 has been operating without a teacher contract since August 1 and filed with IELRB on November 12. The district moved to develop a committee of teachers union members and administration; thereafter the superintendent resigned and the board of education has appointed two interim superintendents. The district’s offer includes changes to the salary schedule for teachers. Galena CUSD 120 has 66 teachers in its primary, middle, and high school buildings and serves approximately 800 students.

Joliet PSD 86 filed with IELRB on November 15. Negotiations are ongoing with a federal mediator. The district offer is based on a continuation of its existing salary and benefits plan and seeks agreement on salary items, extracurricular and extra duty, classroom observations, and teacher transfer and assignment issues. The district serves over 11,000 students in elementary grades and employs approximately 700 teachers in 20 schools.

Negotiations continue in Midlothian-based Bremen CHSD 228, with 5,000 students in four south suburban high schools. A final offer has reportedly been offered but is not yet posted to IELRB. The district and its teachers will meet again this week.

In other labor news, Springfield SD 186 teachers ratified a contract offer from the district. The agreement includes raises for non-certified staff and teachers and additional security guards. Grayslake Comm Cons SD 46 students returned to school after a one-day teachers strike on November 7. The negotiations included raises for the two years remaining on the contract. After starting the school year without a contract, the Lake Forest CHSD 115 Board of Education reached a four-year agreement with its teachers on November 6.

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