109 Mediation Resumes Monday
Union gets preview of counterproposal ahead of talks.
Compensation will be a key issue when mediation resumes Monday between the Deerfield Education Association teachers’ union and Deerfield Public Schools District 109 as the two sides continue attempts to end the contract talks going on between the two sides since September.
Union President Dennis Jensen hoped to receive counterproposals from the District ahead of Monday’s discussions to make the talks more productive. His wish was granted in part.
“We received their counter proposals on special education and evaluations Friday but nothing on compensation or insurance,” Jensen said. “We were pleased to receive them so we have an opportunity to look them over.”
School Board and District negotiating team member Steve Schwartz explained his group had no reason to address compensation at this time. “We made the last proposal,” he said. “They have not responded to our last offer (on compensation).”
Meanwhile, voting ends at midnight today on the latest unscientific Patch poll gauging reader opinion on how much teacher pay should be increased. As of noon today, 164 people voiced their opinion and there is a narrow difference of opinion in the community.
Please voice your opinion in the comments section of this story letting the negotiators know what you would like to see come out of Monday’s mediation session. It is the last chance for the residents of Deerfield to let the negotiators know how you feel before they talk again.
Patch will publish the results of the poll and some of the comments to this story Monday morning.