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Teachers and School District In Second Day of Negotiations

Aug 20, 2014

Galesburg teachers and the school district are back at the bargaining table after a marathon meeting Tuesday. 

Credit Cortney Hill / TSPR News

The two sides started worked with a federal mediator at 10:00 am Tuesday. The talks lasted until around midnight.  

Tami Qualls of the Galesburg Education Association said they’re making strides.

"I do think we are getting closer because they don’t stay at the table if there’s not movement," Qualls said. "I think it’s very tiny movements that everybody’s making."

Teachers have been on strike for a week.

School Superintendent Bart Arthur said classes will not start until teachers return to work.

Teachers continue to say they want a fair contract. They're asking for salary increases, changes to retirement plans and want just cause to be required for dismissal among other points.

The Galesburg Education Association posted a recent contract proposal to its website early this week.