New Trier Faculty Contract Still in Negotiations

The Faculty and the Board have scheduled two additional meetings to discuss the contract. They have met three times since the mediation began in early August.

The New Trier Faculty Association and the Board of Education are still in negotiations concerning a new faculty contract. The previous contract expired on August 21. Both sides entered mediation in early August after failing to reach an agreement on their own.

A statement read by the Board of Education at their August meeting said that the Board and the Faculty Association have met three times so far, and additional meetings have been scheduled for Sept. 3 and Sept. 12. 

"The Board and the Faculty Association are committed to working hard and in good faith to reach an agreement as soon as possible," a joint statement read at the meeting stated. "Both the Board and faculty representatives have agreed to keep the content of our discussions confidential as we focus on reaching an agreement."

The previous contract included a 3.5 percent increase in teachers' salaries for the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 school years. 

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nantuk September 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Why do they keep the hearings confidential? We pay their salaries and should see what it is they are fighting for and what point they started before negotiations are decided. I would like to know. Will the pre negotiations come out? Is it money, classroom size, insurance, school safety? More like money and insurance and of course pensions. Let us not forget the pensions.
Paula Skaggs September 11, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Trust me, nantuk — I'd love it if the hearings weren't confidential. We've reached out to all involved and have heard nothing so far. I know its not the same situation — and of course every school is different — but I covered the Lake Forest High School strike last year. Here's a link to their deal, I think it gives us at least an idea of what New Trier is seeking.
Paula Skaggs September 11, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Here's that link: http://lakeforest.patch.com/groups/schools/p/details-from-lfhs-strike-agreement-released
nantuk September 11, 2013 at 06:46 PM
I can't get the link to open regarding the Lake Forest decision. It really irritates me that this is kept private. Do you know why they choose this? What are they hiding? Embarrassed to let the public know what they are arguing for? I would like to know what they want and then see what decision is made. Thank you.


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