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Union Ratifies Pact With 109

Board set to approve contract May 14

Thursday ratified the tentative agreement reached April 13 with the giving the parties labor peace through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

On Monday, the District 109 Board of Education set a special meeting May 14 to approve the contract in the event the union gave it a positive vote. The teachers approved the pact by a comfortable margin, according to union President Dennis Jensen.

“Now that these long negotiations are over and we have reached an agreement, the teachers hope that this is the beginning of a collaborative relationship with the administration that is going to have a positive impact on everyone but particularly the students,” Dennis Jensen said.

Jensen recognized the tensions between his group and the District leading up to the agreement but is now satisfied he and his colleagues will have significant input into issues effecting teachers and students.

“It is our wish that this can be the beginning of a new relationship for the benefit of everyone in the school district,” Jensen said.

 

In other action at its Monday Board meeting, work to be done this summer on the Caruso Middle School parking lot and the Kipling Elementary School playground was approved.

David Greenberg May 04, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Where's the agreement posted? I'd like to read it.
Steve Sadin (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM
David, if it is posted anywhere, it would be on the District 109 website.
A May 05, 2012 at 05:10 AM
I spoke with someone on financials for this contract today and am wondering how this all worked out. The Board has not reduced their spending on contracts and benefits for administrators overall and in fact hired multiple new administrative staff in the last 10 years (someone pointed out 6 in a previous article). This happens all while teachers are taking pay freezes on their salary schedule for 3 years of this new contract and also take a reduction in benefits? Thanks to Jon's FOIA information we all know there has been a huge increase in reserves in the tens of millions. Why continue to take that 2.2% tax increase they are allowed to accept or decline at their will automatically each year when they obviously don't need it? Seems like all the talk about morale and all they have done is continue to hammer away at what little is left and has shown distastefull practices to the taxpayers like me as well now. The only saving grace for the students is the teachers themselves continuing to work hard and carrying on through all of this. God Bless them.
John Russillo May 05, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The current slew of administration contracts can be found here: http://www.dps109.org/operations/Vendor%20Contracts/2011.12%20Administrative%20contracts.pdf It looks like they were all signed in June of last year. So keep an eye out for them this June to see if any changes are made for the 2012-2013 year.

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