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Galesburg teachers reach deal, end strike

GALESBURG – Galesburg teachers have ended a 2-week strike after their union reached a tentative contract agreement with the board of education.

Union members voted to ratify the deal, so students will be back in class today.

The agreement was announced Thursday morning after a nearly 17-hour bargaining session between the Galesburg Education Association and District 205.

Luan Statham is the chief negotiator for the teachers. He says “the agreement is something that both sides can live with,” adding that in any negotiations, “no one ever gets everything they ask for.”

More than 600 employees participated in the strike, which began Aug. 13.

About 4,500 students missed classes.

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