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No Deal in Galesburg School District After 4-Hour Meeting

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SUNDAY, August 24th, 2014 at 8:30pm: After a four-hour meeting with a Federal Mediator, the Galesburg Education Association and the Galesburg School Board have still not reached a compromise.

The two sides met with a Federal Mediator on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 at 4pm. At 8pm, a Representative with the GEA told News 8 they are "very, very close," but the strike is not over.

"You know, it's another day that they are looking for daycare," said Tami Qualls, GEA Spokesperson. "All I can say is hang tough. We're trying to get this resolved. We're trying to use every avenue we can and what we're trying to do is give a best option of a contract so that we can keep, retain, and attract the best educators to District 205."

The School Board sent out a Press Release shortly after the meeting wrapped up. It states:

"The Board of Education submitted a formal proposal tonight, August 24, 2014, to the Galesburg Education Association (GEA), which the Board feels addresses all the remaining issues the GEA has with its employment. It is the Board's hope that this offer will solve the work stoppage and get our students back into their classrooms with their teachers."

The Federal Mediator is scheduled to return to Galesburg on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 for another meeting at 2pm.


SUNDAY at 8:20pm:The meeting between a Federal Mediator, the School Board, and the Galesburg Education Association is over after four hours. We're waiting to hear what happened.

SUNDAY at 1:46pm: It's Day 12 of the teacher strike in Galesburg, Illinois with a meeting scheduled at 4pm between the Galesburg Education Association and the Galesburg School Board.

WQAD will bring you the latest developments on News 8 at 5pm.

SATURDAY: It's Day 11 of the teacher strike in Galesburg, Illinois, but there may be some action on Day 12.

According to the Galesburg Education Association's website, both sides will meet on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 at 4pm.

The website also says that on Friday, August 22nd, the school board rejected the GEA's latest offer on contract negotiations. That was also the first day that teachers went without a paycheck.

If an agreement is not reached by Sunday night, a federal mediator is expected to return to Galesburg early next week.

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