Strikes and Negotiations Update: CPS Re-Opens

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    November 1, 2019
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After 11 missed school days, and a halt in the negotiations over making them up, the Chicago teachers strike has ended and 300,000 Chicago Public Schools students are back in school as of November 1, 2019. After the tentative agreement was reached, the finalization of the return-to-work agreement led to another day of negotiation before the strike was over. 
CPS staff who are members of SEIU were also on strike. They reached an agreement with the district earlier in the week and return with the teachers.
In Decatur SD 61, teaching assistants returned to work on November 1. No contract agreement has been reached. Decatur schools remained opened; approximately 500 special education students did not attend during the three-day strike. 
Teachers and staff in Grayslake CCSD 46, an elementary district with nine schools and 3,700 students, have filed with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board and could strike as early as November 7. According to the district, the parties are almost $1 million in costs apart in discussions which include health insurance benefits, salary, and teacher retention.
Mendota CCSD 289 ended an eight-school-day strike on October 28. The new contract includes salary increases of 4%, 4.5% and 4% in years one through three of the deal, health plan and TRS increases over that time, and additional sick time based on experience.
Blue Ridge CUSD 18 school board approved a new teachers contract on October 30. Retroactive to July 1, when the previous contract expired, the terms include a 2.75% plus steps annual salary increase and a higher starting salary.
Details of the agreement reached last week between Addison SD 4 and its teachers include maintaining health insurance benefits, and 4% annual salary increases, and professional development steps.
Teacher contract negotiations continue in Bremen CHSD 228, with 5,000 students in four south suburban high schools, Springfield SD 186 with 14,000 students in 32 schools, and Joliet PSD 86, with 11,000 elementary students in 20 schools.