GEA Expressing Concern Over Contract Talks

205logobwThe Galesburg Education Association has been in recent talks with District 205 about teacher contracts.

The current multi-year agreement is set to expire at the end of this month, but with District 205 facing a $5 million budget deficit, sources say there have been difficulties.

District 205 has claimed repeatedly in the past that a lack of payments from the state of Illinois has tightened budgets.  The GEA is hoping for another multi-year agreement, but now representatives are saying a strike is becoming more likely.

GEA Spokesperson Tami Qualls tells WGIL a mediator has been employed, but there’s still no contract.

“They are not moving forward as quickly as we would like them to,” Qualls said.  “We want to resolve this matter for what’s best for the membership and our community.  We feel like we’ve tried to be as fair as possible.  We’re still not moving forward yet, from what we understand.”

A press release was sent out by the Galesburg Education Association that says “actions speak louder than words.”

According to the release, a 1.5-percent salary increase is being requested by the teachers.

The group has a meeting on Tuesday and again later next week that may ultimately decide if a strike takes place.

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