GALESBURG - According to the Quincy Journal, Galesburg teachers rejected a contract offer late Tuesday night, which means they will be on the picket line Wednesday morning, just one day before school was to begin.
It’s the first strike in the district in nearly 37 years.
Following more than 15 hours of mediation over the past two days and a three-and-a-half hour meeting Tuesday evening, the Galesburg Education Union membership turned down a proposal from the District 205 Board of Education without a vote.
“The proposal does not adequately address safe working conditions for educators and students,” GEA Spokeswoman Tami Qualls said, reading from the union’s prepared news release. “Fair working conditions such as just cause for dismissal and the number of days and hours employed are not included.”
Calling the school board’s excuse of state finances an “old standby,” Qualls described the GEA membership’s issues as having nothing to do with money but instead they “deal with respect and concern for what is best for our students and our community.” ...More HERE