District 50, union reach tentative contract agreement

  • Woodland Elementary District 50 in Gurnee and an employee union have reached a tentative contract agreement. This was the scene at district headquarters in late September, when about 300 teachers and other union employees rallied to call attention to their quest for a new contract.

    Woodland Elementary District 50 in Gurnee and an employee union have reached a tentative contract agreement. This was the scene at district headquarters in late September, when about 300 teachers and other union employees rallied to call attention to their quest for a new contract. Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/11/2015 9:44 PM

Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 and an employee union have reached a tentative contract agreement, according to an announcement.

About 780 members of the Woodland Council -- a branch of the Lake County Federation of Teachers -- have been working without a deal since the academic year began in August. Woodland teachers, bus drivers and support workers are in the union.

 

Negotiators for the District 50 school board and union reached the tentative contract settlement Friday, Nov. 6.

Union members are scheduled to vote on the contract Dec. 3. The proposed deal is to go before the Woodland school board Dec. 15, according to the district.

Specifics about the tentative deal won't be made public until both sides have voted on it. Salary and benefits are among the sticking points in the contract talks that have occurred periodically since January.

In late September, about 300 union employees and their supporters gathered outside District 50 headquarters on Hunt Club Road in Gurnee to call attention to their quest for a new contract.

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