Among the many compromises that go into a labor contract, the term for the tentative agreement reached in the wee hours of last night between the District 65 Educator’s Council and the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board was set at three years.
DEC had sought a one-year term while the board was offering a traditional four-year contract.
The three-year compromise compares with the Evanston Township High School District 202 contract with its teachers, agreed to this past summer, that was held to one year.
Following is the text of a statement released Monday afternoon by School Board President Candance Chow and DEC President Paula Zelinski to the District 65 community:
“The District 65 School Board and District 65 Educators’ Council are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on a new teachers’ contract. This represents nine months of hard work by both teams. After more than 34 hours of marathon bargaining over the past several days, an agreement was reached at around 4 a.m. this morning.
“The tentative agreement will be presented and voted on by the DEC membership next week and, upon ratification, will be placed on the agenda for approval by the School Board at their Dec. 5, 2016, Working Board/Finance Committee Meeting. Out of continued respect for the process, details regarding contract terms will be made public following ratification by DEC membership and approval of the School Board.
“We would like to recognize the members of both bargaining teams for their ability to collaborate, compromise, and work through the issues that remained on the table. We have a shared commitment to moving our district forward with both sides approaching negotiations with the best interest of our children in mind.
“As we have both expressed during this process, our teachers’ working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. We feel that the agreement reflects the needs expressed by our teachers and will continue to foster high quality teaching and learning in our schools.
“As we approach this Thanksgiving weekend, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your support and patience as we have worked through the process to reach a fair and equitable agreement. Happy Thanksgiving!”