Contract Negotiations Continue in 2020

  • Date Posted
    January 16, 2020
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Update: Bremen CHSD 228 and its teachers' union reportedly reached a contract agreement late last week .

The teachers union for Bremen CHSD 228 has set a strike date of January 27. The district has four high schools that serve 5,000 students from the Chicago suburbs of Midlothian, Posen, Tinley Park, Markham, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills, and Oak Forest. The union, the Joint Faculty Association, represents approximately 300 teachers.

The district and its teachers have been negotiating for over a year. Final offers were filed with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board in November. The negotiations include competitive wages, cost-of-living increases, and discussions related to health insurance for teachers and retirees.

In other negotiations, Galena USD 120 has been operating without a teacher contract since August 1 and filed with IELRB on November 12. The district, which is also seeking a new superintendent, has 66 teachers in its primary, middle, and high school buildings and serves approximately 800 students.

Decatur SD 61 and its teaching assistants are working with a federal mediator to continue negotiations into 2020. Offers were filed in October 2019, and a three-day strike took place impacting the district’s 500 special education and Pre-K students. The 275 teaching assistants returned to work to keep their health insurance; those premiums are the key factor in the ongoing talks. Talks continued with a three-hour session on January 6.

Joliet PSD 86, which had filed final offers with IELRB on November 15, reached a contract agreement in December. The three-year deal offers staggered salary increases of 4, 3.5, and 3% over the three academic years. Other terms negotiated include transfers, extracurricular compensation, and extra-duty assignments. The district serves approximately 11,000 students with about 800 teachers in four junior high schools, 15 elementary schools, and an early childhood center.