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D218, Teachers' Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Teachers' expected to vote on contract on Aug. 16; with D218 school board vote possibly taking place on Aug. 20. School will start on time for D218 students.

 

Community High School District 218 and the teachers’ union but details cannot be released to the public until the board of education and union members are able to ratify it.

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The D218 Board of Education may possibly approve the contract—pending a union vote expected to take place later this week—at a special meeting at Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, according to school district website. If approved, the new contract would be in effect from 2012-16.

D218 also announced that district high schools—, Shepard, Eisenhower, and the Summit and Delta Learning Centers—would start on time when freshmen report for orientation on Aug. 20.

The board of education and a federal mediator was brought in. The 2008-12 teachers’ contract was set to expire on the first day of school next week.

IEA Local 218 president Bradley Wright, a science teacher at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, expected the union’s membership to vote on the contract after a scheduled teacher’s institute day on Thursday.

“We want to make sure all of our members know about contract. They haven’t seen the document yet,” Wright said. “We want to make sure they see it first.”

In addition to the district’s 422 teachers, IEA Local 218 is comprised of district support staff, nurses, security and technical staff, social workers and guidance counselors.

The district’s maintenance and custodial staff have a separate union.

Wright could not disclose details of the new contract because parts of it included changes to some employees' insurance.

“All I can tell you is that’s a four-year deal,” Wright said. “The best I can say is that it’s palatable considering the economic times and the environment out there in public education.”

Freshmen are scheduled for orientation at Shepard and in Oak Lawn on August 20; students in grades 9-12 report for the first day of school on August 21.

Wright said he was relieved that the new contract was finally settled.

“Everyone is thanking us that it’s settled, including the administrators so we can move on to the new school year,” he said.

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fyiOakLawn August 15, 2012 at 01:58 PM
From what I've heard, the teachers got everything they wanted in the new contract. Congratulations teachers on your victory.
Bob August 16, 2012 at 03:34 AM
"but details cannot be released to the public until the board of education and union members are able to ratify it." This is a flat out lie by the administration. There is no legal prohibition from the district releasing the proposed contract, along with their financial impact analysis of the contract's effects on class size, quality of educational services delivered, and impact on taxpayer costs and student fees. There is NO reason the district cannot post the proposed contract online and allow for public comment. The point is that the Board CHOOSES not to be transparent on this issue, and would rather not have to look taxpayers, students and parents in the eye and defend this contract. The stakeholders in the union will be provided with this information, as well as sessions to explain the impact on them from the contract. The taxpayer, student, and family taxpayers are being denied this opportunity by the Board and Administration. So much for a "level playing field". I encourage all district parents and taxpayers to call Superintendent Byrne at 708-424-2000, X2500 and DEMAND that they make available to the parent and taxpayer stakeholders the same data on the contract provided to the union stakeholders. It's only fair.

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