UPDATE: Peoria Public Schools and teachers union agree on contract

PPS teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize a strike
PPS teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize a strike(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 7:47 PM CDT
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UPDATE ( 9:25 p.m.) - The tentative agreement between the teachers union and the school board is welcome news for a Peoria woman whose grandchildren attend Peoria Public Schools.

“I think they deserve what they’re asking for, I really do,” said Tina Bly.

“They work hard. They’ve got a lot of kids they’ve got to deal with, kids with problems,” she added.

“The COVID went on...I feel they should get what they asked for,” Bly also said.

She mentioned fears her grandkids would lose academic ground if a teachers strike led to virtual learning.

UPDATE (7:50 p.m.) - PPS Board of Education and Peoria Federation of Teachers Local 780 released a statement after a tentative agreement was reached Thursday night on a three-year contract.

The Board of Education of Peoria Public Schools, District 150, and the Peoria Federation of Teachers, Local 780, are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative agreement on a 3-year collective bargaining contract.

Details of the agreement will not be released until the tentative agreement is ratified by PFT’s membership and then approved by the Board of Education. The Board and PFT would like to thank their negotiating teams and the federal mediator for their dedication and hard work in this important endeavor.

PEORIA (25 News Now) - The union representing hundreds of teachers said it has reached a tentative agreement with Peoria Public Schools, coming to terms on salary and averting a possible strike.

The announcement was made on Thursday night on Peoria Federation of Teachers Local 780′s Facebook page.

Terms of the agreement have not been released. The deal must be approved by union members and the school board.

“We cannot discuss details of our deal until it is ratified,” the union said.

The tentative pact completes a contentious negotiating process that led to the appointment of a federal mediator. Union members also overwhelmingly approved a resolution granting permission to its bargaining team to issue a 10-day intent to strike notice. The union wound up not filing that strike notice.

This story will be updated.