Huntley school board, teachers OK new contract
By Emily McFarlan Miller firstname.lastname@example.org November 20, 2012 10:46PM
Updated: December 24, 2012 6:58AM
HUNTLEY — Huntley, we have a contract.
The Huntley Consolidated School District 158 Board of Education ratified a contract agreement with its teachers union Tuesday night, one day after teachers also overwhelmingly had voted for that agreement.
Word of the board ratification came in a joint statement released just after 10 p.m. Tuesday by the school board and Huntley Education Association.
“Both the HEA and BOE are happy to report that we have a ratified contract,” the statement said.
That three-year contract will maintain 3.5 percent step pay increases for the time teachers spend in the Huntley district each year, it said.
It also ends about five months of negotiations between the district and its teachers that had included mediation, a vote to authorize union leadership to strike and, just last week, a declaration of an impasse.
Just hours after the HEA had declared that impasse, the two sides reached a tentative agreement during a five-hour meeting.
Its members previously had rejected another tentative agreement between the school board and the union in September.
District 158 has said the union also rejected a second tentative agreement in October. The HEA has said it had not agreed to anything last month when it took the district’s last offer to its membership before it voted to authorize a strike, however.
The last teachers strike in the Huntley district was four years ago, the school board has said.
Teachers in District 300 now are the last in the Elgin area without a contract. Their union, Local Educators Association of District 300, filed an intent-to-strike notice Tuesday with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.