Galesburg teachers, school board reach tentative deal to end strike

The Board of Education and the teachers’ union in Galesburg, Illinois, have reached a tentative deal to end a 15-day strike.

Around 3 a.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014 Superintendent Bart Arthur announced that the bargaining teams had struck a tentative contract agreement.

The Galesburg Education Association began an all-membership meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, at the Galesburg High School auditorium where teachers will vote on whether to ratify the contract.

By 11:15 a.m., the vote had not yet happened.

If they agree to the deal, Thursday would be a teachers’ institute day from 12 to 5 p.m., with classes scheduled to begin on Friday, August 29, 2014. If students are back in school by Friday, the football team could still play its game against Moline that night.

No details of the final proposal will be revealed until the GEA membership has reviewed the contract.

2 comments

  • Patrick

    You mean the union is actually going to let it’s members vote? If they would have allowed this at the church meeting back on the 12th, this whole mess could have been avoided. A union should be a democracy, not a dictatorship. I genuinely feel bad for all the stress the teachers went through because of the actions of a few. Everyone was happily teaching just 4 months ago…before they were convinced they should not be happy at all.

  • camb888

    With the strike settlement, it should be noted that the teachers voted to accept a 3% pay CUT for the good of their students. The board’s actions were to punish teachers, and the board comes off looking mean-spirited and petty.

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