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District 156 teachers union approves contract

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:26 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – District 156 has a teachers contract.

The sometimes contentious negotiations took nine months, but the final vote by members of the McHenry High School Teachers Association tallied Wednesday means the contract is officially approved.

Union spokesman Brian Weidner didn't have the final numbers, but he said it was a "very comfortable pass."

The School District 156 Board approved the two-year contract, 5-0, at its meeting Monday evening.

The details of the contract weren't available Wednesday evening, but the board and the union plan on releasing a joint statement over the next few days.

This round of negotiations brought the district the closest its been to a strike in at least 12 to 15 years, union co-president Greg Eiserman has said.

Over that period of time, the district has never reached an impasse, a point where one side files a notice with the state's Educational Labor Relations Board and the last offers made by both sides have to be made public.

The district reached that point in November, and in December, the union voted to file a notice to strike with the state as required by law.

As the days passed with no deal, the union took another step closer to striking, authorizing its negotiating team to call a strike. The tentative deal that was finalized this week was reached last Thursday evening.

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