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D-158 sides dispute accord

HUNTLEY – The sides in the District 158 contract dispute disagree over whether their negotiations ever reached a second tentative agreement Oct. 10.

The school board wrote in a news release Thursday that the sides formed an oral agreement to a one-year contract, claiming the snag happened when union negotiators presented the plan to their membership.

The union, formally the Huntley Education Association, responded in a news release that the board’s statement that a second agreement was ever reached is “patently false.”

Union members voted to authorize a strike Wednesday.

According its release, the union took the Oct. 10 offer to its members – without accepting it – to allow them to “express themselves through a democratic secret ballot vote.”

“With nearly twice as many members voting, the result was substantially the same as the first,” the release reads. “A supermajority of members recognized the inherent unfairness and inadequacies of the offer ...”

The union and school board are set to meet again with a mediator Nov. 13.

A tentative agreement first was reached Sept. 5, but was rejected by union members five days later. The two sides hired a third-party mediator in late September.

– Shawn Shinneman


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