U46, teachers union reach tentative agreement (Sun-Times Media)
by Emily McFarlan Miller
ELGIN — The School District U46 Board of Education and its teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract, according to a joint statement by U46 and the Elgin Teachers Association sent this weekend to teachers and administrators.
The agreement would end about 10 months of negotiations — the longest ever between the Elgin school district and its 2,200 teachers.
Late last month, the ETA had requested a federal mediator in those negotiations.
During a school board meeting earlier this month, more than 115 teachers had staged the union’s first “grade-in” — grading homework, creating lesson plans and more in the hallways of the U46 Educational Services Center in Elgin. The grade-in was done by teachers “to be more visible in the work they do,” ETA President Kathryn Castle said at the time.
Details of the tentative agreement were not immediately made public by the district or the union, but Castle said in the joint statement, “We look forward to sharing the agreement with our teachers in the coming weeks.”
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