The Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors approved a new three-year contract Wednesday night for the Joliet #86 School Related Personnel Council, American Federation of Teachers, Local 604. The three-year wage settlement provides employees with an average wage increase of 3.5% wage increase in each year of the contract.

The new agreement is retroactive to the beginning of this school year. This bargaining unit serves approximately 293 employees and is composed of paraprofessional employees, secretarial and clerical employees, and nutritional services employees. “I am pleased we have a very strong working relationship with this union and were able to agree on a contract in a timely manner,” said Superintendent Dr. Theresa Rouse.

Negotiations are still ongoing with the teacher’s union.