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.

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