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Strike Averted: Teachers Union, D228 Reach Contract Agreement

The Joint Faculty Association and D228 reached a contract agreement, after several months of aggressive negotiations. The contract is expected to go before the school board at its next meeting, Sept. 18 for board approval.

A strike by teachers in has been avoided.

Following months of negotiations between the Joint Faculty Association and Bremen School District 228, the two sides reached a contract agreement, approved by a union vote Aug. 28.

“We feel that this contract reflects our commitment to the community as it builds its way out of the recession,” said Kathleen McKneeley, JFA President. “We are confident that our three-year pay freeze will help seed that growth, and the community will understand that their teachers are beside them during these trying times.”

The contract agreemen Both of which District Superintendent Bill Kendall had positive movement and eventually led to the contract agreement.

“Now we can get everybody back to school and help the kids, and that's really what we're all here for,” Kendall said.

“Our students remain our first priority in all things,” said McKneeley, echoing Kendall's sentiments.

The contract is expected to be presented before the D228 Board of Education at its next meeting, Sept. 18, for approval by the board.

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Hamish August 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
And whats this gonna cost us?
KK August 30, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The article said they are taking a three year pay freeze.
Richard DeVries August 30, 2012 at 01:59 PM
About time lord forbid if they had to oay there fare share of anything.
Rock Bobster August 30, 2012 at 03:47 PM
There are many ways for schools to increase compensation and still call it a "freeze": 1) The current salary schedule is "frozen" at current levels, but teachers still get their step and track increases for longevity and education. These raises often exceed inflation, and sneaky school Boards often don't include these raises when reporting the "raise" levels in the contract, they only give the percentage by which the salary SCHEDULE has increased. 2) Instead of increasing salaries, the district picks up part, or all, of the employee contribution to the Teacher Retirement System. Currently about 50% of Illinois school districts pay part or all of the employee obligation. Since the employee contribution is 9.4% of salary, if the Board picks this up and doesn't increase the salary schedule, they technically could claim that wages were "frozen" but effectively the teachers would be given a 9.4% raise in compensation. 3) The same game can be played with health insurance benefits. Family coverage generally costs about $16,000 per employee. Most private sector jobs pay about half the premiums. Most suburban high school districts pay upwards of 80% with districts like Sandburg 230 paying a whopping 93% of the premium. A district can increase premium subsidies by $8,000 per employee, yet still claim they are "freezing salaries".
Rock Bobster August 30, 2012 at 03:53 PM
All these deceptive tricks are reasons that school districts should be required to post the proposed contract, with cost analysis, on line for community comment for not less than 30 days prior to their voting on it, and have a public hearing in the contract not less than 7 days before the vote. School Boards have the power to do this right now. It violates no state statutes. They WON'T do this, of course, because they're terrified of the consequences an informed public can make on their "backroom deals" with the union. Sunshine is the best disinfectant for corruption. I guess the people you elected to Board don't want to be "disinfected".
Jenna August 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Rock Bob- 1. The salary freeze is a hard freeze, meaning that teachers will not get step increases. 2. Teachers pay the entire amount to TRS. 3. Teachers are paying MORE for insurance with the new contact.
Ed August 31, 2012 at 01:47 AM
What these teachers should have gotten was a 35 percent or more decrease in salary and the elimination of their pensions like many much harder working people in the real world.
Jenna August 31, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Ed, you should try being a substitute teacher. You wouldn't last a day.
Rock Bobster August 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Thanks for the info, Jenna. It seems you, a likely teacher, were given information that those PAYING for the contract were denied. Please provide links to the cost analysis report and contract that validate your claims. Are there ANY increases in benefit or other compensation payments by the district included in the contract? Finally, what is the term of the contract? If it's more than three years, what are the salary and benefit increases in the last years?
Rock Bobster August 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM
C'mon, Jenna. You know NOTHING about Ed's leadership and organization skills, ability to maintain discipline, and ability to motivate a group. I've substituted at more than a dozen local HS (Bremen and Hillcrest included) and those are the main talents a sub needs. Don't exhibit educrat arrogance. I think you're better than that!
Theresa Godfrey September 01, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Ed knows NOTHING about what it takes to be a teacher either, Rock Bobster. Why aren't you criticizing him? Who is arrogant now?
Ed September 01, 2012 at 06:26 PM
We've all heard the Blah, Blah, Blah about how hard teachers work a million times. My father taught us when we were young that anyone who has to constantly tell you how hard they are working isn't really working at all. How true that is.
Ed September 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Jenna, Maybe you should have worked harder in college and been able to get a full-time job. You obviously weren't qualified to be a doctor, lawyer, nurse, scientist....

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