Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators.
The Kishwaukee College Education Association had filed an intent to strike as early as this Friday. But after five hours of negotiations with a mediator, both sides have agreed to continue talks next week. Teachers have been working without a contract since August.
The Illinois Federation of Teachers is assisting the 81 Kishwaukee College teachers seeking new contract. A spokesman says there was movement on both sides: the union’s counter-proposal includes 1-point-six million dollars in savings for the college.
Union members plan to attend this afternoon’s Board of Trustees meeting to show support for contract negotiations.
Negotiations continue January 21st.