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Kishwaukee College Faculty Contract Ratified


The Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) Local 4459 cleared the final hurdle in its campaign for a fair contract last night after the college's Board of Trustees voted to ratify the tentative agreement with the union. The deal, which averted a strike called for January 21st, was reached during an emergency meeting between KCEA and the Board’s bargaining team just 48 hours before the strike deadline. KCEA has been working without a contract all school year.

The contract campaign was described by KCEA veteran educators as the most contentious round of negotiations in recent history, but the challenging situation unified and strengthened the faculty. Had a zero hour agreement not been reached, members were prepared to carry out a well-organized strike plan that included securing a strike headquarters, reaching out to the community, and organizing online.

“We are ecstatic that this is over, and now it’s time for both sides to pause and reflect over this very contentious period,” said Matt Read, KCEA President and math teacher.

I was disappointed by comments made by the board chairman in the press implying that the faculty only cares about pay and benefits. We intentionally proposed an offer that included more than $1.5 million in savings for the college to ensure no need for any future tuition or tax hikes. We have made modest gains to our salaries, but made deep cuts to our benefits that more than offset those raises.

We hope going forward we can work together in good faith to continue giving our students a world-class education in their backyards.” 



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