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District 46 Teachers' Union Votes to Ratify Contract

The vote took place Jan. 30.

District 46 Teachers' Union Votes to Ratify Contract

The District 46 teachers' union has officially ratified the new contract.

Jim Pergander, business agent for the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said the union voted 247-60 to ratify the two-year contract. The District 46 Board is anticipated to vote on the contract at its next meeting, slated for Feb. 6.

"It has been a long road," said Pergander. "(It's) a bit of relief and a bit of satisfaction to come to a conclusion."

Teacher compensation was the main sticking point throughout negotiations. The district, which is projecting a $2.2 million deficit next school year, repeatedly said it could not spend money it didn't have despite the union's argument that the district had a bloated fund balance and could afford salary increases.

More than 300 District 46 teachers went on strike Jan. 16 following an eleventh-hour negotiating session on Jan. 15. As a result, classes were cancelled for some 4,000 students for three days.

Students returned to classes Tuesday after having Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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