EAST MOLINE, Ill (KWQC) – Contract negotiations have reached an impasse between the East Moline School District Board of Education and its union teachers.
That’s according to a news release from the school district. According to documents posted on the district website, the East Moline Education Association says it has endured pay freezes and cost-cutting measures and is seeking a 2.5 percent increase in base pay as well as increased benefits.
The East Moline Board of Education claims those demands will cost the district $24 million more in new taxes over the life of the four year contract. The board says it comes at a time of economic uncertainty when Illinois schools are underfunded. The district has five schools.
The contract expired on June 30, 2016. There’s no word on the next step.
The district has also posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions and links to other information on its website.