Progress In Kishwaukee College Contract Negotiations

Jan 13, 2015

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. 

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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.