Members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) voted Wednesday to ratify their tentative agreement with Kishwaukee College. The college's Board of Trustees followed suit less than two hours later, unanimously approving the contract.
Bargaining teams from both sides agreed to this tentative agreement during an all-day bargaining session called on Jan. 19th.
Kishwaukee College faculty and administration will meet tonight for a negotiation session.
The faculty, which has been without a contract since August, filed an intent-to-strike form with the state last week. A faculty member told WNIJ the teachers will meet Tuesday to discuss bargaining status.
The college board also is scheduled to meet Tuesday.
Educators at Kishwaukee College could go on strike next week.
The Kishwaukee College Education Association recently filed an intent to strike. The action allows faculty to walk off the job as early as Jan. 16th if they do not reach a contract agreement with school administrators. The filing with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board does not guarantee the faculty will strike, but it gives them the option.
Classes are still expected to start next Monday.
Education Association President Matt Read says both sides will also meet with a mediator on that day.