Champaign teachers' union plans informational picket today
CHAMPAIGN — Members of the union that represents Champaign’s teachers will have an informational picket Tuesday afternoon before its members go into a mediation session with the school district.
The teachers will picket from 3:30-4:20 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.
The two parties are scheduled to start the mediation session at 4 p.m. this afternoon. It will be their second session bargaining with the mediator, according to a news release from the union.
Champaign school district spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said she could not comment on the picket.
The Champaign Federation of Teachers represents more than 800 teachers within the Champaign school district.
The teachers’ previous one-year contract expired this summer.
Bargaining started May 15 on a new contract, according to the union’s release, and the union and district met six times before requesting the mediator. The parties have settled several issues with what the union is calling “tentative agreements,” but they’re still bargaining other issues.
“Outstanding issues at this time include salary, collaboration and the amount of time teachers are required to perform duties that do not involve teaching students, such as paperwork and supervision,” Union President Cathy Mannen said in the release.
The school district announced in August that it and the union mutually agreed to work with a federal mediator in negotiating a new contract.
The union requested the school district join it in requesting the mediator Aug. 6, according to the union’s release.
Mannen said then the mediator will serve as a “third, neutral party to assist with forward progress in negotiations.”
The school district this fall is also negotiating a contract this fall with the union that represents the district’s support personnel employees, such as bus drivers, secretary, teacher’s aides and more. The support employees’ previous three-year contract also expired this summer.