UPDATE: Contract negotiations break down between Peoria Public Schools, teacher’s union

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 11:46 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 2:43 PM CDT
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UPDATE 2:30 p.m. - Negotiations between the Peoria Federation of Teachers and Peoria Public Schools have broken down.

The Peoria Federation of Teachers says in a release that they ended their bargaining session with the school district by requesting federal mediation, pushing for proposals that will better the school district and city.

The union says they are asking for a “substantial” raise for its members - and accuse the district of not prioritizing professional employees with the already allocated $108 million COVID-19 relief funds.

“Whereas the PFT continues to bargain in good faith, the district has started implementing bargaining proposals that have not been bargained to agreement,” the release said. “We will be filing unfair labor practices in response to these actions.”

The teachers union is holding a rally from 6-7 p.m. on August 8 outside the district administration building during the next board meeting.

PEORIA (25 News Now) - The Peoria Federation of Teachers tells 25 News it will enter federal mediation with Peoria Public Schools, working on a new union teaching contract.

Teachers are currently working without a contract, which expired June 30th.

The two sides have met at least 18 times, including an hours-long bargaining session Tuesday night.

We have reached out to Peoria Public Schools for comment, and the Superintendent says they are optimistic.

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