It’s the eleventh week of the semester at Kishwaukee College in Malta. Faculty and administration have been working out contracts since last spring, but after months of negotiation, there’s still no agreement.
Tom Choice is the president of Kishwaukee College. He says a mediator has attended the last three or four meetings with faculty.
“It just got to the point where we thought we needed to meet with a mediator and so both sides requested that and then we started that...I think it was in the beginning of October.”
Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois' largest public employees union have yet to agree on a new contract for 40, ooo state workers. But they were able to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.