Thursday, March 28, 2013
Read what each District 308 school board candidate had to say on specific issues affecting the district.
The Oswego Education Association Teachers Union recently sent candidate questionnaires to those running for the District 308 school board in preparation for the forum held at Oswego East High School March 14. The OEA has made the questionnaires available to Patch and the public. Click the names below for each candidate’s answers to the OEA questions. MATT BAUMAN MICHAEL MCDOWELL GREGORY O’NEIL DANIELLE PAUL EVA RENEE POWERS BRADLEY SCHULZ You can also read more about the candidates our Election Central candidate guide.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tentative agreeement will be voted upon in January.
The bargaining teams of the Oswego Education Association and Oswego Community Unit School District 308 have reached a tentative agreement on all outstanding contract issues late on Wednesday, December 19. The new contract, once ratified by the union members and the Board of Education, will be effective until June 30, 2015. Board of Education President Bill Walsh stated the entire Board is pleased that the bargaining team has reached an agreement with the OEA. “We found common ground and I appreciate the work everyone did to cone to this agreement,” he said. He also expressed appreciation towards the teachers who continued to come to work without a contract the last few months. “The challenges of paying competitive wages and benefits must…
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Oswego Education Association will offer a counter proposal at the meeting.
The Oswego 308 School Board and the Oswego Education Association (OEA) will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, to continue to discuss contract negotiations. OEA president Darla Medernach said at that time the OEA will present a counter proposal, as requested by the school board. The OEA opted not to put the board’s previous proposal to a vote by their membership back on Nov. 16. Want free local news in your inbox every morning? Sign up for our newsletter. The board’s proposal included a .5 percent, 1 percent and 1.5 percent increase over three years on a three-year contract for all teachers with lane increases but no salary step increases. Board President Bill Walsh said in terms of the step increases teachers would still receive that year’s service …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Oswego Education Association union has been without a contract since June. At issue in negotiations are the length of the high school teacher work day and teachers' salaries throughout the district.
The Oswego District 308 School Board and the Oswego Education Association (OEA) union continue to negotiate a new contract, with working hours for high school teachers and salaries the two main sticking points. Teachers have been working without a contract since June 30, and the School Board heard a negotiations update from its attorney, Maureen Lemon and their Monday night meeting. The District submitted its most recent proposal Nov. 8 and requested the proposal be presented to the entire OEA. The OEA’s bargaining team indicated they needed to have their executive committee review the proposal before deciding whether to submit it to their membership for a vote. As of late Thursday evening, OEA president Darla Medernach said the OEA had …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
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The Oswego Education Association recently donated $500 to the Oswego Optimist Club's Christmas Project. The money will help purchase food items for Oswegoland families during the holidays. Accepting the check from Darla Medernach (President, OEA) is Tina Conley (Secretary and Co-Chair of the Christmas Project). Also attending the presentation are from left: John Miller (communications, OEA,) Kristen Sanders (co-chair of the Christmas Project), Debby Brown (building representative, OEA,) Bryan Noble (Chair of the Christmas Project,) Patricia Lofthouse (Legislative, OEA,) and Bob Reid (president, Oswego Optimist Club). Special thanks to the Oswego Optimist Club for providing this photo and article.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Increases in line with Consumer Price Index.
Teachers and support staff in Oswego Community Unit School District 308 will receive raises after the school board unanimously approved contracts Monday night with the unions that represent those workers. The teachers' union, Oswego Education Association, and the board agreed to a 2.1 percent salary increase for the 2011-12 school year. The 2.1 percent is based upon a blended Consumer Price Index from July through December 2011 combined with the CPI from January through June 2012, according to a district news release. The contract will expire June 30, 2012. A one-year deal was necessary because a more complex negotiation will take place next year as the high schools move to the new eight-period schedule. “Throughout the negotiation process…