District 150 teachers vote for contract extension

By Alyssa Donovan

May 5, 2013 Updated May 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- District 150 teachers in Peoria voted to approve a contract extension on Sunday night.

Seventy-three percent voted to approve the two-year extension, which will keep the contract in effect until June 2016.

The Union agreed to a reduction in retirement incentives to guarantee teachers a basic salary increase based on their experience.

Union officials say the teachers want stability and a contract extension does just that.

Peoria Federation of Teachers Local 780’s Bob Darling says one of the reasons the vote was today is because of what is going on in Springfield.

He said, “There are times where the contract will supersede any laws that are changed until the contract expires. So we're hoping to get a contract settled before the legislatures make any decisions by May 30th and some of the provisions of our contract will hopefully be grandfathered in."

The extension will not take affect until after June 2014.