New Trier High School will enter mediation between the Board and teachers, according to the Sun-Times. The mediation will attempt to bring the two sides to an agreement on a new union contract. The two sides have agreed to not discuss the ongoing negotiations.
Under state law, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board initiates mediation if a new contract is not agreed upon 45 days before the start of the school year. The mediator is a neutral third party and operates at no cost to the District or the teachers.
The current contract expires in August, the Sun-Times article states. The last contract included a 3.5 percent increase in teachers' salaries for the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 school years.