Strike Suspended At Kishwaukee College: Faculty Contract Still Not Approved

Jan 21, 2015

Update: The Kishwaukee College Education Association plans to hold its contract ratification vote starting Jan. 27th over a 24 hour period per the Union bylaws.

The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees' Special Meeting that had been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 has been canceled.  That's according to a news release issued Wednesday morning.

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There won’t be a strike at Kishwaukee College Wednesday, but the union representing 81 teachers at the school still has not ratified a contract agreement worked out this week with the administration. 

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Tuesday in a membership meeting, the Kishwaukee College Education Association voted to suspend a labor strike scheduled for Wednesday.

"We voted to move forward with the proposal as it's written," said KCEA President Matt Read. "We are going to get all of the contract details in writing, and once we have those details, we are going to move forward with a ratification vote."

Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice says the Board of Trustees will hold a special vote on the contract.

"I think both sides don't want to leave anything to chance, and we are hoping this goes smoothly. If it's going to take another meeting, I'd rather they just take another meeting and make sure we are all set."

Instructors have been working since fall without a contract and in negotiations since last spring. Sticking points have included annual pay and health coverage.