Support employees' union to vote on tentative offer

Support employees' union to vote on tentative offer

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the union that represents support staff members in the Champaign schools will meet Saturday morning to discuss and vote on a tentative contract with the school district.

The meeting will be at Central High School.

The details of the contract will not be released until both the union and school board ratify it.

The school district and Champaign Educational Support Professionals reached a tentative contract Wednesday after a 45-minute negotiating session. They'd agreed a week prior to request a federal mediator to help with negotiations but decided to meet for one final bargaining session Wednesday without a mediator.

The union's previous contract expired July 1 and the two sides had been negotiating since June.

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

"It is a decent agreement, and it is my belief that our members will be pleased," said Steve Pease, president of the Champaign Educational Support Professionals Union.

School district spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said the Champaign school board will consider the contract Monday if the union membership ratifies it beforehand.

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