Support Kishwaukee College Faculty

by Amy Excell | Jan 08, 2015
Sign this petition to tell the Kishwaukee College administration and Board of Trustees to get serious about reaching a fair agreement with the union.
The 81 members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA), a local union of the IFT, filed an intent to strike notice on Jan. 5 with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) after months of unproductive, unfair bargaining with school administrators in Malta, Ill.

Stand with KCEA faculty by signing this petition. 

Faculty members are using the winter break to work on their latest bargaining proposal and hope to avoid a work stoppage, but the administration continues to spread public misinformation about the talks and to bargain in bad faith. Last month, KCEA was forced to file an unfair labor practice against the college for violating the terms of bargaining and interfering with the faculty’s freedom of speech.

“We hope it doesn’t come to this, but as the school administration continues to spread half-truths and misinformation about the negotiations process, we have little choice but to file an intent to strike,” said Jennifer Jossendal, KCEA negotiator and history teacher.

“The administration keeps repeating to the public that they are offering us a proposal that includes raises. We crunched the numbers and found that the current proposal does not include a raise for most of our educators, and many of them will see a decrease in pay in addition to dramatic decreases in benefits.”


Help KCEA faculty fight the misinformation and reach a fair agreement. Sign this petition to demand that the Kishwaukee College administration and Board of Trustees bargain in good faith.

The two sides are set to meet with a third-party mediator on Jan. 12. If a resolution cannot be reached, a strike could begin as early as Jan. 16.

To stay informed, like KCEA on Facebook and visit ift-aft.org.