For Immediate Release Contact: John Braglia, President
Thursday December 20, 2018 (847) 303-1211
As the days wind down and students are finishing up final exams, The Northwest Suburban Teachers Union are happy to be in the classroom with their students, yet there is still work to be done.
Our tentative agreement with the Board did allow us to preserve our emphasis to improving the operational amenities (i.e., fewer students per counselor, relief for department chairs, increased compensation package for Teacher Assistants and support personnel, preserved our libraries as academic areas, introduced a comprehensive student wellness initiative and provided financial support for teachers seeking dual credit certification required by the Board.) that we provide to the students and families of District 211. On top of working toward protecting the academic integrity of our schools, we were also able to secure appropriate raises for our members.
As we stated from the start of this process, we believe this contract needed to be about people and programs and not bricks and mortar. The teachers, teacher assistants, support staff and administrators who make-up District 211 are among the best in Illinois and they work tirelessly to make sure the students are getting 21stcentury learning experience. They accomplish this task through the use of technology and innovative teaching strategies that prepare our students for some of the most competitive colleges, universities and vocational school, while at the same time introducing student to possible career pathways.
On behalf of the teachers, teacher assistants, and support staff of District 211, I again apologize for any inconvenience associated with the most recent events associated with our contract negotiations, and I would like to express my sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the support afforded us by our students, parents, and community members. The support we received truly provided the additional level of strength and solidarity needed by our Union to progress into the final discussions that led to a tentative agreement.