Members of the Alton Education Association have "overwhelmingly" rejected a new contract offer. At issue is salaries and step movement. According to information provided by the union, AEA members have authorized the Association to file a Notice of Intent to Strike.

The union's Jason Chapman tells The Big Z terms of what was called the district's last, best, and final offer did not please the majority of the membership.

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He says they hope to get back to the negotiating table. Certified and non-certified employees have been working without a contract for the entire year, and Chapman says they could go out on strike in mid-April if nothing changes. 

The vote took place late Monday afternoon and the Big Z has left a message for school district administration for comment.

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