Teachers Reject Contract

85% of members from the Indian Prairie Education Association voted against the contract presented after negotiations.

The proposed agreement included pay increases, but also called for an elimination of post retirement insurance and the 6% increase typically awarded to teachers in their last year.

Instead, teachers would receive a one-time payment upon retirement.

“As our staff continues excel despite the great and growing number of obstacles we continually must overcome, the faces in front of the board tonight are here to show their loyalty to district 204 and their solidarity in reaching an agreement that is solid and fair to all,” said Paul Gamboa, President of the Indian Prairie Education Association.

However the board did reach agreements with other district employees, approving a new two-year contract for support staff and a 2.09% increase for the next school year for administrators and non-bargaining employees.

Under the new contract, teaching assistants and clerical staff will see pay increases up to .30 cents an hour depending on years of experience.

Further negotiations on teacher contracts are expected to begin this summer.

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