Kishwaukee reaches tentative agreement

By Rich Bruen

It looks like life is back to normal at Kishwaukee College, at least for the time being.

After a 14-hour meeting Tuesday, the Kishwaukee College board of trustees and the Kishwaukee College faculty union reached a tentative agreement, according to Kishwaukee College President Norman Jenkins.

According to Jenkins, the two negotiating teams agreed not to discuss the terms of the agreement until it is formally approved.

The faculty union will vote on the agreement Thursday, and the

School’s board of trustees will vote on it next Tuesday evening, Jenkins said.

Jenkins also said he felt “it’s very unlikely” that either of the sides would vote against the tentative agreement.

“I think the two sides feel that we’ve got a fair and equitable agreement,” he said. “I believe it will be approved.”

Anne Busse, Kishwaukee College education association president, could not be reached for comment.

The meeting Tuesday was the result of a contract dispute between the faculty union and the board of trustees. The faculty has been working without a contract since classes began on Aug. 24.

According to Jenkins, the dispute was generally over salary increase items and language items relating to working conditions.

The faculty union had filed an intent to strike notice with the Illinois Labor Relations Board on Aug. 21, which would have allowed them to strike on five days’ notice.

Fear of a strike also was a major concern for at least a few NIU students.

According to Jon Markin, Kishwaukee College director of Admissions, Registration and Records, 98 students are enrolled at both Kishwaukee and NIU.

“We’re happy that it (the strike) is concluded,” Jenkins said.