The Faculty Association at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey has filed an "intent to strike" notice with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. The notice serves as a warning that if no agreement is reached with the school in upcoming talks, the union members could hit the picket lines.
According to the college, the latest offers include various configurations which represents increases equivalent to 2% in year one, 2.5% in year two, and 3% in year three. Illinois Education Association UniServe director Michael McDermott says the two sides are about $40,000 apart at this point, but that number fluctuates depending on the offer:
The most recent mediation session was last Thursday with no agreement. McDermott said previously that a strike may not take place until the spring session, but with the strike notice in place, he's not so sure. Lewis and Clark Community College President Dr. Dale Chapman said last week it appeared to two sides were at an impasse. Negotiations have been ongoing since March.