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8/18/2014 11:20:00 PM
IVCC teachers picket in hopes of quick deal


Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter



Illinois Valley Community College teachers held an informational picket before classes started Monday because they are going to work without a contract.

International Federation of Teachers Local 1810 picketed in front of the Peter Miller Community Technology Center for one hour hoping to inform the public about their contract situation and to let the school board know they want a contract done soon.

“We feel like we’re close,” said IFT president Mike Phillips, an instructor at the college. “We don’t want to talk details in the media but we do want to wrap up negotiations soon.”

Phillips also issued a prepared statement stating the IFT’s relationship with the administration and board has been and remains “positive” and “productive.”

IFT Field Services director Ray Roskos said there is no timeline on when a mediator will be scheduled to enter the negotiation process.

“It could take a few weeks before a mediator becomes available,” he said. “We hope a mediator can find common ground to where an agreement can be reached.”

IVCC board chairman Melissa Olivero said the college faces a difficult financial outlook so the board is trying to find a way to accommodate the needs of college stakeholders, taxpayers and employees.

Olivero does not negotiate on behalf of the board due to her position on the National Labor Relations Board division of judges. However, as chairman of the board she speaks on behalf of the board.

“We’re trying to balance the needs of the stakeholders, taxpayers and students to create an amicable solution,” she said. “The board is hopeful that we can find a creative solution before our next meeting next month that will be good for our college and our excellent employees.”

Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or countyreporter@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_County.










Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Lets go back to the 1900's Bluff Pup.
That is for teachers, and staff of all schools.
No more sports in schools, period.
One room with a wood stove and a bucket of corn cobs. A girl who finished seventh grade can teach in Illinois.
No bus service and no autos allowed, every one walks 10 mi, uphill, in the snow and rain, every day.
That should get tis pigs out of the gov. trough.
Might even satisfy Bluff pig, ups, I mean Pup.
WHO ARE YOU??????????? and what is your reason for being so GRUMPY??????????9JX7pz


Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Article comment by: Bluff Pup

STEAK HOLDERS....YUM YUM.....OINK OINK

Balance who's needs? Not the taxpayer or the students. LOL

Difficult Financial outlook? There needs to be transparence in the Board books.

IVCC board chairman Melissa Olivero said the college faces a difficult financial outlook so the board is trying to find a way to accommodate the needs of college stakeholders, taxpayers and employees.

OMG....


Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Article comment by: Bluff Pup

“We’re trying to balance the needs of the stakeholders, taxpayers and students?

Balance what?
Who are the stakeholders? Dr. Jerry Corcoran and Cheryl Roelfsema's salaries.


The taxpayer should examine the administrations skyrocketing salaries, extravagant spending, kickbacks and enormous pension benefit packages.

However, this is impossible with the clandestine and covert nature of the IVCC’s Board Members. Whether its personnel or financial grievances, it’s all completed behind closed doors. And the taxpayer is directly responsible for the outrageous attorney fees. In my opinion this is not fair to the district’s taxpayers or students. The entire thing is a disservice.

ICCB www.iccb.org 2012-13:

JEROME M CORCORAN Title: PRESIDENT: ILLINOIS VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Base Pay: $ 190,110 Benefits: $ 30,689

CHERYL ELAINE ROELFSEMA Title: VICE PRESIDENT
Base Pay: $ 117,000 Benefits: $ 15,342

SUE ISSERMAN Title: VICE PRESIDENT
Base Pay as of March 2014: $113,000 Plus Benefits

IVCC is operating more like the Illinois Department of Resources.

The big IVCC shuffle! Hey, why don’t you build another tech center! At IVCC, you can play Frisbee golf in the morning and hang out in the 1.5 million dollar cyber café in the afternoon.

After all it is Illinois.





IVCC FINANCIAL LOITERING:


When enrollments are down the administrators should lead by example and take a pay cut. That’s ridiculous of Larry Huffman to ask the student to give up a soda or a cup of coffee a day to make up for the tuition increase.

HEADS DEEP IN THE IVCC PUBLIC TROUGH







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