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Retired Teacher Arrested at Contract Negotiations

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 1407

(District 205 security officer Kurt Kramer arrives at Lincoln Education Center Wednesday to talk to retired teacher Jim Jacobs.)

(District 205 security officer Kurt Kramer arrives at Lincoln Education Center Wednesday to talk to retired teacher Jim Jacobs.)

UPDATED 9:10pm A retired Galesburg School District teacher was arrested today as negotiations between the district and the Galesburg Education Association continued.

Jim Jacobs went into Lincoln Education Center Wednesday afternoon, sleeping bag and pillow in hand.  Jacobs told reporters he was going in either until he was arrested, or until the GEA got what they wanted in a contract from the district administration.

It wasn’t long before Jacobs was led away from the scene.  As he was leaving, Jacobs told reporters stationed outside that he was standing up for what he believed in.

“I want them to be protected so we do not have teachers with 30 and 25 years dismissed like they were in 1982 when I was in the district and if they send these teachers back without the recall rights they want, they’re going to go back with low morale and all of us in this community will suffer,” says Jacobs.

Galesburg Police say Jacobs was processed at the Knox County Jail earlier today on charges of Criminal Trespass. He has since been released with a Notice To Appear at a future court date.

Jacobs wife was also present during Wednesday’s incident. She tells WGIL that she and her husband believe things need to be settled.

“The teachers can stand out here and picket until they’re blue in the face,” says Jacobs. “The Board doesn’t care. They’re just not negotiating.”

Negotiations started at 10am Wednesday, a day after eight hours of talks yielded no results.  The GEA accused the district of not wanting to negotiate on recall rights, while the administration claims they can’t negotiate on that matter.

The two sides continue to use a federal mediator.

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