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Schools, Union Reach Tentative Deal to Avoid Strike
CHAMPAIGN-- Union leadership made the tentative agreement last night, but union membership, the teachers, still need to vote to accept. The school board declined to outline the terms until the union comes to a decision. But they tell us they're very pleased to finally end the negotiation process. The teachers have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year. The school board tells us while the agreement may not be split 50-50, both sides got a little, and also gave a little.
School Board President Laurie Bonnett says, "I think the tone of the conversation for the last two weeks were different. One of the things after the government shutdown we realized is we weren't going to have a mediator. Nobody thought not to meet, from the other side or from our side. We wanted to move forward with the conversation."
The two sides have been negotiating since May. Bonnett calls last night's tentative agreement a win-win for both sides, and especially families and students. The union has declined to comment until member teachers can vote on the proposed deal.
Adam Rife reporting