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D65 still in talks with two unions

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The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is still negotiating with two of its five employee unions whose four-year contracts expired at the beginning of the current school year.

The two are the District 65 Educational Secretarial and Clerical Association (DESC), with about 104 members, and the Evanston Association of Child Care Professionals (EACCP), with about 51 members.

Two union contracts that expired at the beginning of this school year have already been settled.

The largest of these is the District 65 Educators’ Council (DEC), which represents about 700 of the district’s teachers. The other is the Evanston Custodial and Maintenance Association (ECMA) that represents about 55 members of the janitorial staff.

A tentative agreement has been reached with a third union, the Evanston Teacher Assistants Association (ETAA), which is awaiting final approval. ETAA represents about 149 members, according to the district.

A federal mediator is currently working with the D65 and DESC bargaining teams to resolve outstanding issues, a district spokesperson, Melissa Messinger, told Evanston Now.

“We absolutely want to reach a fair agreement with both DESC and EACCP as quickly as possible,” she said. “The Board and Administration greatly respects the work of all of our support staff members and recognizes the important role they play in both our students’ education and in the smooth operation of our school district,” she added. 

Board members have received regular updates and have provided input during executive sessions, Messinger said, but have not historically been at the bargaining table with the smaller unions.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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