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For Immediate Release
December 9, 2004

State Board of Education and AFSCME Local #2811
announce tentative contract agreement

State Board and union negotiators agree to four-year contract

Springfield, Ill. –Just two and half months after being appointed, the new Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and State Schools Superintendent have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 Local #2811. The members of AFSCME Council 31 Local #2811, who had been working without a contract since July 1, 2004, will vote on the contract in the next few weeks.

“We’re pleased that we quickly reached a contract agreement that is both fair to State Board of Education workers and responsible, given the state’s financial difficulties,” said Interim State Superintendent Randy Dunn. “We believe the agreement is a good foundation for a strong partnership between the new State Board and our employees and I would like to thank the men and women involved in the negotiations for their hard work. We look forward to the contract’s ratification.”

“The new administration at ISBE came in with a goal to quickly reach an agreement that provides a fair and equitable contract for both parties,” said AFSCME Council 31 Local #2811 President Sharon Hopson.

Details of the tentative agreement will not be available until it is ratified by members of AFSCME Council 31 Local #2811. After the Local #2811 has ratified the contract, the State Board of Education will formally approve the agreement.

Illinois State Board of Education
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