Contract negotiations between Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 and the Faculty Senate are headed to mediation, according to a joint statement the two entities put out on Sept. 26.

The district and union have been negotiating a new contract for the last six months and “have made substantial progress in reaching an agreement,” according to the statement.

“The parties are equally committed to both the long-term financial health of the district and fair compensation for the Faculty Senate,” the statement continues. “Achieving these objectives has made for essential yet challenging discussions.”

Although mediation is not unusual to contract talks, the two sides did not disclose in the statement specific reasons for the current deadlock. Representatives with the school board and Faculty Senate could not be immediately reached on Wednesday morning to provide further comment.

The D200 school board ratified the Faculty Senate’s last collective bargaining agreement in May 2014.

“The parties are committed to using the mediation process toward a successful outcome,” the joint statement explains. “That process will begin as soon as possible.”

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