Champaign school district, teachers' union have tentative contract
CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign school district and union representing teachers have a tentative contract.
The agreement was announced shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Union officials said they would have no comment until after members vote. That vote has not yet been scheduled.
"The union will be arranging a membership meeting for a vote to take place," said a statement from the Champaign Federation of Teachers. "The union will not comment further on the tentative agreement until the team has had a chance to present (it) and the members have had a chance to vote."
School board President Laurie Bonnett exited the negotiating session early Tuesday saying she was pleased with the discussions.
A statement from the district echoed that sentiment.
"At this time, the board understands that the Champaign Federation of Teachers will be taking information from tonight’s meeting to its membership," it said. "The district is committed to bringing resolution to these negotiations in a way that is fair to all parties and does not disrupt the educational program for our students."
The negotiating session started at 4 p.m. and was at the Mellon Administrative Building in Champaign. It went until about 12:30 a.m., said union President Cathy Mannen.
During that time, the school board also had a meeting in executive session, citing the need to talk about negotiations. School board members who are not on the district's team of negotiators left about a half hour before those negotiating for the school district and the union emerged from the building.
About 30 teachers were on hand, waiting for news about the bargaining session.
The school district and teachers have been negotiating a new contract since May, and have been in the process of posting their most current offers with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, which had the potential to end in a teacher strike.