Contract talks resume in attempt to end District 15 strike

Friday, October 27th, 2017 - Resume

Another bargaining session is under way in an effort to end a support employee strike at Palatine Township Elementary District 15.

Negotiations overseen by a federal mediator resumed this morning at District 15 headquarters in Palatine. The last unsuccessful bargaining session between the district and the Educational Support Personnel Association union covered about 14 hours and ended early Monday.

Today marks the 10th day of the walkout for the 454 secretaries, clerical workers, nurses and classroom aides in the local affiliated with the Illinois Education Association.

According to the latest public document, District 15 was offering a five-year contract with a 1.85 percent increase in each of the first two years, and 1.85 percent to 2.25 percent annually for the three-year balance to coincide with the applicable tax cap.

The union was seeking a 2.5 percent annual wage hike in each year of a five-year deal. The union also has sought continuation of a $9,000-per-employee retirement benefit.

Under the previous deal, pay ranged from $11.30 an hour to $37.76 per hour, depending on the job and years of employment. Other compensation included full benefits for working 5½ hours per day and a roughly 10 percent district-paid contribution to each employee’s pension plan.

Talks on a new deal began in February. The employees have been without a contract since July 1.

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