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QPS union members vote down tentative agreement for second time

Quincy Public School union members voted down the offered contract proposal for the second time Wednesday. Photo Courtesy: David Amelotti

Quincy Public School union members voted down the offered contract proposal for the second time Wednesday. That's according to QPS Superintendent Roy Webb.

Quincy Federation union members crammed into Quincy Junior High School on Tuesday afternoon to start reconsidering and vote on the contract proposal it rejected three weeks ago.

Voting continued Thursday from 9:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m., at the union office.

School Board President Sayeed Ali said Tuesday it's "essentially the same contract" with a few language items edited.

Both parties agreed to a tentative agreement back on July 11th. Union membership voted it down two weeks later.

Ali said it's back to the drawing board on Wednesday.

"We're disappointed, because both sides have been working on this for a while and everybody around the table thought this was a great plan, now with it being turned down for a second time there is probably some roadblocks in there that we need to figure out"

Quincy Federation President Jen Drew said Wednesday she cannot release if it was a close or wide margin in the vote. She told KHQA a state mediator will come to Quincy to assist with negotiations.

Drew said the hangup continues to be money and insurance.

"The district does pay a percentage of our monthly insurance and the employee pays the other percentage that is split so there was a large difference in the split especially for families this time. That is something that is going on nation wide," Drew said.

You can watch and read further about the tentative agreement made on July 11th by clicking here.

You can also learn about the union's first round of voting on this contract by clicking here.


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