Galesburg teachers authorize intent to strike

By Tallie Johnson |, Crispin Havener

Published 07/31 2014 09:21PM

Updated 08/01 2014 08:48AM

Galesburg teachers voted yes Thursday night in their intention to strike.

The teacher's union wants a 1.5% increase in pay, but the district said after a cut in state money they can't afford to do that.

Their will be two more mediation meetings planned on August 11th and August 12th before school starts on Aug. 14th.

Here is part of a statement from the Galesburg Education Association on Thursday's decision.

"The teachers and paraprofessionals of CUSD #205 and Knox/Warren Special Education met tonight to discuss the status of negotiations.  After approximately an hour of presentations and a few questions, a motion was made and passed overwhelmingly to file an “intent to strike notice” with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Filing the intent to strike notice is part of the legal procedures required for public employees to engage in a lawful strike. If an agreement isn’t reached by 1:00 PM on August 12th, 2014, we believe the parents of the students of District 205 and those in outer lying Districts serviced by Knox/Warren Special Education will likely need to make other arrangements.

It is with the deepest regret and frustration that the teachers and Paraprofessionals had to take this action.  We believe we have been forced to do so by a school board that is unwilling to compromise and engage in good faith talks that will lead to a fair agreement."

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