Teachers and School District Go Back to Negotiating Table

Continuing-CoverageIt’s down to the wire for the Galesburg School District and the union representing its teachers and those of the Knox-Warren Special Education District.

Today and tomorrow are the final two scheduled days of contract negotiations before the start of classes later this week, with a mediator being used. Wednesday is the first calendar day for teachers, while students return to school Thursday.

Nearly two weeks ago, teachers voted to file an intent to strike notice with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board if an accord wasn’t reached. Then, teachers said if a contract wasn’t reached by tomorrow afternoon, they would walk the picket lines on Wednesday.

While both sides have offered up differing raises as part of contract talks, the union said on their website Friday says they “continue to fight for safe working conditions for students and educators, for maintaining the existing retirement incentive, and for a fair and affordable increase in salary.”

We unsuccessfully attempted to contact a GEA spokesperson prior to the weekend, but a posting on the union’s website indicates that a meeting is scheduled for tomorrow at 6pm at First Lutheran Church, where either a contract will be voted on, or strike duties will be assigned.

We’ll stay on top of the contract negotiations, and if any details are released, we’ll have them on WGIL and WGIL.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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