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ECC reaches agreement with teachers union

Updated: December 23, 2013 9:35AM

ELGIN — It looks like there will be no teachers strike this year at Elgin Community College.

The negotiating teams for the ECC Faculty Association (ECCFA) and the ECC Board of Trustees announced Friday afternoon that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.

In a joint statement, they said the two teams agreed to the final tentative contract details in a meeting on Thursday.

The present faculty contract expires on Dec. 31. Negotiations had begun in early September and one negotiating session reportedly was held on Saturday, Dec. 14.

“The ECCFA team is happy to have reached an agreement on this contract prior to the expiration of the previous agreement,” said Lori Clark, communications liaison for the ECCFA Negotiation Team.

“Both teams have worked very hard to reach a settlement that will benefit both the faculty and the college,” Clark said.

“We look forward to starting the spring semester and being able to focus on our students,” Board of Trustees Chairwoman Donna Redmer said, “We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with our faculty members, so we can continue to work together on student success.”

The statement said the association membership will schedule a meeting to vote on ratifying the agreement, and that is expected to be followed by final ratification by the ECC Board of Trustees. It was unclear whether board members will schedule a special meeting to do that or wait until their next scheduled meeting on Jan. 21.

Clark and Redmer said both teams have agreed not to release details of the new contract until the tentative agreement is ratified by both parties.

The board of trustees had called a special meeting on Wednesday night, with the agenda items including a closed-session discussion of labor negotiations. The Illinois Open Meetings Act allows governmental boards to discuss labor matters in such executive sessions.

In recent years every contract with the faculty has been for a three-year period.

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