Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Labor issues drag on across the state

Although no strikes have occurred thus far, teachers have adopted intent-to strike notices in several districts in Illinois this school year. Districts currently faced with such notices are Champaign CUSD 4, and Geneva School District 304.

The Champaign Federation of Teachers rejected a contract offer from the Champaign CUSD 4 Board of Education on October 11, and approved an intent-to-strike notice with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. The earliest possible strike would be in early December. The union represents 850 certified teachers. The district’s last teacher contract expired on June 30 and the union requested a federal mediator be assigned to the negotiations on August 24.

Geneva Unit District 304 teachers voted on September 31 to authorize their union leaders to call a strike. The earliest a walkout could happen is November 13. Contract talks began on February 15 of this year with the union, which represents 459 teachers and other certified personnel.

Potential strikes were averted recently in East Aurora School District 131, and Murphysboro CUSD 186, where school boards reached agreement with teachers in early October following intent-to-strike notices.

East Aurora SD 131 and its 1,500-member local school employee organization reached a tentative agreement on October 4. A potential strike could have begun as early as October 5. Details of the contract are not yet available.

Murphysboro CUSD 186 reached a tentative agreement with teachers on October 9, with the school board voting to approve a contract that includes a modest pay hike and improvements to teacher health coverage. A strike could have begun as early as October 1. The union represents 148 teachers in Murphysboro CUSD 186.

More information should be available soon from the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB), which collects for public posting education-related final offers. Current IELRB postings can be accessed here.