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District 46 Strike is On

A contract settlement was not reached between District 46 School Board and the teachers' union Tuesday. Classes were cancelled for Wednesday, as Day 1 of the strike begins.

In an eleventh hour negotiating session with a federal mediator lasting nearly eight hours Tuesday, the District 46 Board of Education and Lake County Federal of Teachers Local 504 could not reach a contract agreement.

As a result, the district's 300-plus teachers are now on strike, with some 4,000 students affected.

Superintendent Ellen Correll posted the following statement to the district's Website shortly before midnight Tuesday. Parents were also notified via an automated phone call.

Unfortunately, the Board of Education and D46 teachers were unable to reach an agreement. The teachers have informed the district that they will be on strike beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th. Please watch the website for further updates.

Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federal of Teachers Local 504, told Patch teachers would be on the picket line at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at each school building.

On the D46 Facebook page, residents voiced their disappointment that the strike could not be avoided.

"Extremely disappointing," posted Angela Tossman

"I was really hoping this could be avoided," posted Jaisey Kapshandy-Stanton.

"This REALLY stinks!!!" posted Erica Chavez.

"Well, good luck. Power to the teachers," posted Paul Scott.

"Feeling so sad, on both sides...everyone loses tonight..." posted Lisa Rogers Burkhart.

Childcare

Champions and the Grayslake Park District have offered daycare programs for the students.

Champions will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Wednesday at Prairieview School. Meadowview will only be open as an overflow space.

The park district is offering two strike camps. The first will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Park District Community Center. An expanded program will be available starting Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Grayslake Middle School.

The district is also accepting applications for temporary substitute certified teachers and non-certified staff.

Salary struggle

Teacher contract negotiations began in Feb. 2012. Teachers have been without a contract since July 1, 2012.

In October, the school board declared an impasse, and the union authorized a strike.

Throughout negotiations, the main sticking point has been teacher compensation.

Initially, the union proposed a 3 percent salary increase for two contract years. While the board accepted having a two-year contract, it held firm on instituting a salary freeze with no step or lane changes. However, the board offered to give all certified staff who have not submitted a notice to retire a $1,000 stipend in year two, which would cost the district about $300,000.

At the Nov. 28 negotiating session, teachers said they would agree to continue working at their current 2011-12 salary schedule for next school year, but they wanted lane change compensation paid in February 2013, which would cost $200,000, and two salary steps scheduled for Sept. 2013 and March 2014, which would cost $750,000, according to the district.

Last Friday's session included the union's suggestion of having a one year contract with a salary increase of about 1.75 percent for 2012-13, which the district would not agree to.

Strike timeline

  • Oct. 12, 2012: The school board declares an impasse. The union prepares to vote to authorize a strike.
  • Oct. 16: Teachers' union approves an authorization to strike if necessary.
  • Oct. 25: The board and teachers' union post their best and final offers of the contract.
  • Oct. 30: The Board of Education and the teachers' union meet for the first time with a federal mediator.
  • Nov. 12: A second bargaining session results in little progress.
  • Nov. 13: A strike date of Jan. 16 is announced.
  • Nov. 28: Some progress is made during a negotiation session between the two sides, however a contract agreement is still not reached.
  • Dec. 11: The first 'Town Meeting' is held by the D46 Board to address concerns from the public.
  • Dec. 20: The district announces it is accepting applications for substitute teachers in preparation for a potential strike by the union.
  • Jan. 9, 2013: A second 'Town Meeting' is hosted by the D46 Board.
  • Jan. 11: Another negotiation session is held.
  • Jan. 12: Both sides agree to negotiate once more on Jan. 15.
  • Jan. 15: An eleventh hour session fails to bring about an agreement.
  • Jan. 16: Day 1 of the teachers' strike.

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UPDATED: No Agreement Reached in D46 to Avoid Strike

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D46 Childcare Plans in Case of Teacher Strike

Check back with Patch for updates and photos. Tell us what you think in the comments!

Angela Sykora January 21, 2013 at 02:45 AM
An updated statement is on D46 website. They are still in session. Board states it hopes to reach agreement tonight. www.d46.org
Lennie Jarratt January 21, 2013 at 04:37 AM
"Terri 12:34 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Compare the report to the ISBE report. The ISBE report is prepared by the state, and IMHO, the more accurate of the 2. http://www.isbe.net/research/htmls/salary_report.htm " I see that on Tues, Jan 15th you were using the same data I am using. You knew exactly where the data was the entire time, as I suspected. Thanks @C-Dub for directing me to this info that once again proves Terri to be continually distracting, distorting and making false statements.
Terri January 21, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Thanks...been looking for that link. Point conceded.
Terri January 21, 2013 at 03:08 PM
But I can't match it up with the report the CFO put on the district website under "salaries over $75k", which I believe I was referencing in the 1/15 post. I truly wish I had that link when I started the later thread.
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 06:58 PM
350 people showed up Sunday in the freezing cold to support the teachers of their district. That’s: • 10 times the number that showed up for either of the For Our Children’s Future town halls. • 10 times the number, on average, that shows up to BOE meetings. • 5 times the number that have ever shown up for a BOE meeting (in recent history). 30 local business showed their support for the teachers by supplying food, providing parking, providing warming shelters, allowing access to their bathrooms, and donating cash to help teachers that might need it in a prolonged strike. Residual benefits went to local food banks through excess donations. That’s: • 10 times the number of local business’s that spoke at any levy hearing. • Equal to the number of attendants at any For Our Children’s Future town Hall. • Equal to or greater than the average attendance at a BOE meeting. Actions speak louder than words. I applaud the board for listening to the public. I only wish the silent majority had been more vocal at the levy hearings. It’s too late to do what the public really wanted.

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