Board President: D181 Negotiations to Resume in October
For the first time in a month, the board-union stalemate was not front and center at Monday's board meeting.
District 181 Board President Michael Nelson said at Monday night's board meeting that the board hopes to get back into mediated negotiation with the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers' Association (HCHTA) on Thursday, Oct. 6.
According to Nelson, the two sides had originally planned to continue working on a new teachers' contract some time in mid-October. HCHTA President Justin Horne spoke Monday and said the uncertainty caused by the ongoing stalemate is a negative force.
"It is in the best interest of the entire District 181 community that these contract negotiations come to a conclusion," Horne said.
Horne said last week that the board and union had a mediated session on Sept. 15. There, the union submitted a new offer that contained the same base salary and step increases it originally desired, but only in the second half of each of the first two years. During the first half of those two years, teacher salaries would be frozen.
Monday, Horne called the new offer "reasonable, affordable, and responsible."
Only three speakers other than Horne sounded off on the negotiations Monday night. At the board's Sept. 12 meeting, 13 community members spoke on the topic.