Teachers Continue Walkout in Galesburg

Aug 20, 2014

Galesburg School District administrators and teachers spent around 20 hours at the bargaining table this week but adjourned without a new deal.

Talks on Tuesday lasted more than 14 hours, and another five hours of meetings with a federal mediator were held on Wednesday.  Superintendent Bart Arthur said progress was made but talks broke off around 3:00 pm Wednesday with the two sides still at an impasse.

Teachers will continue to walk the picket line in the Galesburg School District
Credit Cortney Hill

He declined to comment on what issues must still be resolved.  He said the two sides are getting close and he didn’t want to say anything to jeopardize that.

No classes will be held until a new contract is approved.

Arthur said the two sides are not scheduled to meet again until Tuesday, August 26 at 2:00 pm at the district’s offices.

Students have already missed the first scheduled week of classes, and the break in talks means the strike will last at least two weeks.