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Plainfield District 202, union reach tentative agreement

The Plainfield School District 202 Board held a special meeting on October 19, 2017 to present a proposed five-year deal with the Association of Plainfield Teachers.
The Plainfield School District 202 Board held a special meeting on October 19, 2017 to present a proposed five-year deal with the Association of Plainfield Teachers.

Plainfield School District 202 announced Thursday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Association of Plainfield Teachers after months of negotiations.

District 202 spokesperson Tom Hernandez said in an email that there will be no details about the agreement released at this time, and that the process is not yet done. APT members still have to vote to approve the deal.

“The tentative agreement addresses key concerns of both the APT and the district, including several issues raised at the Oct. 18, 2017, special board of education meeting,” Hernandez said in a statement.

One of the matters being debated was the method the board uses to determine raises for teachers, specifically in the latter years of the proposed five-year contract.

A previous APT statement said that if the contract uses Consumer Price Indexing to determine raises, instead of the professional pay scale, it would lower salary growth and make the district less competitive in retaining and attracting quality teachers.

APT members are expected to vote on the tentative agreement on Wednesday, and the results will be shared after 7 p.m. that evening.

“We feel this agreement addresses the needs of our membership and will help attract and retain talented educators both now and in the future,” APT President Dawn Bullock said.

It should be noted that there was a previous tentative agreement reached in September that was voted down by the APT.

The APT had authorized its leaders to call for a strike earlier this month and said the strike could start as early as Tuesday, although the board said the earliest the union legally could strike is Nov. 1. Now with the tentative agreement, there is no imminent strike date set according to the statement.

“The board of education truly values our teachers and certified staff and the work they do every day for our students, families and schools,” District 202 board President Greg Nichols said.

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