the Chicago Teachers Union having waged a largely successful strike
against the Chicago Public Schools, we can expect to see other public
school unions, and maybe other government employee unions, following
their example. Strikes allow unions to preserve costly wages and
benefits, or block needed reforms, by shutting down government
services. Illinois may be in the early stages of an outbreak of labor
unrest across the state.
BARRINGTON Teachers in Barrington District 220 have voted to authorize a strike. Support for the resolution allowing the union to call a walkout was described as "overwhelming" although the Barrington Education Association did not release vote totals. Negotiations have been contentious, but the parties have not yet called for a mediator or declared an impasse.
CARPENTERSVILLE Contract negotiations have
stalled in Carpentersville (District 300) and a federal mediator has
been brought in to guide future talks. The President of the local
teachers union is openly considering a strike against the district.
UPDATE: Teachers in Carpentersville authorized a strike by Local Education Association of District 300. No strike date has been set. UPDATE: Carpentersville area teachers in District 300 will begin their strike Tuesday after failing to come to an agreement with the board of education during contract negotiations.
CRAB ORCHARD District 3
The Illinois Education Association filed a notice of intent to strike
on December 18. A strike could be called as soon as school resumes in
January. DIXON The Dixon School Board has declared an impasse in negotiations. The Dixon Education Association has already filed a notice of intent to strike, The next step is for both sides to submit final offers to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. A strike could occur as early as Mid February. The teachers have been working without a contract since August, with contract talks taking place since April. EVERGREEN PARK Teachers in the Evergreen Park school district (#124) are on strike at the time this post was being written. According to the district, the union and administration are in disagreement over a wide range of issues, including compensation, health insurance, early retirement, allowances for pension spiking and merit bonuses.
UPDATE: The Geneva school teachers union has given the Geneva school
district notice of its intent to strike in as few as 10 days. While the
notice is the 10-day intent-to-strike notice required by state law,
setting a possible strike date of Nov. 5, a news release issued by the
Geneva school district suggests no strike can begin before Nov. 9,
which is 14 days after final offers have been posted on the Illinois
Educational Labor Relations Board website, per state law. The school
board released its “final offer” for a new teacher contract Friday
morning. Read more...
GRAYSLAKE Negotiations between the Grayslake
District 46 Board of Education and teachers union have reached an
impasse and the school district has presented its last, best offer. The
teachers union responded by scheduling a closed meeting Monday, at
which they are expected to hold a strike vote.
UPDATE: Teachers in Grayslake District 46 have voted to authorize a strike.
Out of 327 teachers eligible to vote, 317 were in favor of the proposal
to allow the union to call for a walkout. A strike date has not been
UPDATE: Teachers in Grayslake District 46 went on strike. Salary and retirement provisions appear to be the main sticking point, with the district calling for a hard salary freeze (meaning no changes to teacher pay for the duration of the contract) and reduced pension "spiking". The Lake County Federation of Teachers is demanding that teachers receive regular "step" increases as teachers gain seniority, and while the union will accept a contract in which no changes to the pay schedule during the first year, it is calling for an across-the-board pay increase (on top of steps) of 4.68 percent in the second year. Grayslake district is considering the hiring of temporary replacement teachers, which would allow the district to reopen schools while negotiations continue.
UPDATE: School and union officials announced Monday that a tentative agreement has been reached, ending a three-day strike that began on January 16. Schools reopened on January 22. The two-year contract is expected to be ratified by the board and the union, but as is too often the case details of the settlement will not be made public until after ratification HIGHLAND PARK Negotiations
in Highland Park (North Shore District 112) have become contentious. A
bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday, but the North Shore
Education Association has given notice that it is prepared to strike if there is no progress. A work stoppage could begin as early as Oct. 12.
UPDATE: Negotiations in Highland Park (North Shore
District 112) continue to be contentious. Another bargaining session is
set for the 10th, but the North Shore Education Association has set Oct. 16 as a strike date. UPDATE: Teachers in North Shore School District 112 are on strike after failing to reach a deal, canceling classes in elementary and middle schools in Highland Park and Highwood.
UPDATE: Classes resume after strike ends in North Shore School District 112. HUNTLEY
Teachers at the Huntley District 158 schools have authorized a strike.
Negotiations are ongoing and a strike date has not been set. LAKE FOREST Teachers at the Lake Forest High School District (#115) waged a seven-day strike
that ended Sept. 19. As was the case in Chicago, teacher evaluations
were a controversial topic. A tentative contract is awaiting final
approval by the school board and by teachers.
LITCHFIELD Community Unit #12
Teachers in the Litchfield public schools have authorized a strike, and
the Litchfield Education Association has announced that it may opt to
strike on or after January 7. PRAIRIE GROVE The
Prairie Grove Consolidated School District (#46) is also at risk of a
work stoppage. Although a date for a walkout has not been set, teachers have taken a vote on a possible strike. Negotiations are set to resume on October 11.
Teachers in West Chicago District 33 are likely to go on strike within the next few days. The Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago (an NEA affiliate) filed a notice of intent to strike notice in December. The union has pledged to give an additional 24 hours notice before striking, but teachers are expected to meet tonight and may opt to set a strike date. Wages and health care appear to b the main areas of contention, with the district announcing that it will implement it's final offer if a contract is not agreed to by February 21.
UPDATE: The Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago has filed a notice of intent to strike. A walkout could begin as early as January 7, when school is scheduled to resume after winter break.
UPDATE: The union sent a settlement offer to the school board late Thursday. The board is reviewing the offer and should respond to the union by end of school day today. The sides could return to the bargaining table by 1 p.m. Sunday. Without an agreement, the teachers are set to walk off the job on Monday.