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U46 teachers seek mediation in lengthy contract negotiations (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

U46 teachers seek mediation in lengthy contract negotiations (Sun-Times Media)

ELGIN — The Elgin Teachers Association has requested mediation after more than nine months of contract negotiations between the teachers union and School District U46, according to ETA President Kathy Castle.

That’s more than 215 hours of negotiations, according to U46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders.

And those have occurred over 42 meetings — each a minimum four hours — on weekends, on Presidents Day, on Veterans Day, even over the winter break, added UniServ Director Joyce Houston.

That’s the longest those negotiations ever have continued, Castle said Monday’s school board meeting.

More than 100 people, many wearing Illinois Education Association buttons, attended that meeting, prompting it to be moved from the board room to the much-larger second-floor auditorium at the U46 Education Center, 355 Chicago St.

“I think it comes back to — and it’s been in several of the issues — we certainly are in a difficult time without a lot of resources and with a great deal of need,” Castle said.

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