RVC Teachers Vote To Strike

Rockford - More than a year of negotiations between Rock Valley College and its teachers union come to a grinding halt as the union votes to strike.

The union will issue its 10-day notice to the college on Tuesday, which means classes could be cancelled on Feb. 24 if both sides can't reach a deal by then.  If that happens, the faculty will not be paid and they'll lose their insurance benefits for the duration of the strike.  "We've made ourselves clear that we're open to continue talking to the faculty" says RVC's Lead Negotiator, Joe Perkoski.

This is the first time negotiations have gotten to this point and it's the first time the faculty union has voted to strike.

To get the union's perspective, WTVO's Marty Kasper was joined live at 6 with the Faculty President, Tom Alisankos.

The college is planning to impose its final contract offer to the faculty Feb. 21.  The feeling among teachers is if that happens they'll almost certainly walk out of the classroom.

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