Support workers negotiating with Champaign school district

Support workers negotiating with Champaign school district

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district and its teachers now have a tentative contract, but negotiations are still ongoing for a contract with school district support staff members.

Steve Pease, the president of the Champaign Educational Support Professionals, said the two parties spent five hours negotiating Sunday and have another session scheduled for Oct. 23.

They are still negotiating on salary and benefits, he said.

"Everything's been friendly across the table," he said. "Everybody's working hard and information is flowing on both sides right now, so we're optimistic."

Pease said the union represents about 540 Champaign school district employees in 14 kinds of jobs, including cooks, mechanics, teaching assistants, secretaries, custodians and more.

Their contract expired July 1.

Pease said the Champaign Federation of Teachers' negotiations with the school district did not affect his union's negotiations.

However, he said members of his union have a good relationship with those in the teachers' union.

"We have supported the teachers in their efforts," he said

Champaign school board member Jamar Brown could not be reached for comment on the negotiations.

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