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Contract negotiations continue; strike closes Mendota elementary schools

  • Date Posted
    October 16, 2019
Schools closed in Mendota CCSD 289 on October 16 due to a teachers strike. An overnight bargaining session, which included a one-year proposal from the board to keep schools open until a long-term agreement could be reached, did not result in an agreement. The negotiations include salary increases, retirement contributions, and medical insurance coverage. Mendota CCSD 289 Is an elementary district with approximately 1,100 students in three buildings.

Chicago Public Schools announced it was canceling school on October 17, anticipating no agreement in contract negotiations. Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated the Chicago Teachers’ Union demands, which include changes to working and learning conditions in addition to salary increases, were too costly for the city. The union was scheduled to hold a vote on October 16. CPS has said school buildings will remain open for the district’s 372,000 students.

Blue Ridge CUSD 18 and its teachers reported progress at an October 9 negotiation session and have scheduled another for October 21. Teachers in the Farmer City-based district serving approximately 750 students, could strike on October 28. Negotiations include salary and wage increases, health insurance, and retirement for teachers and staff.

Final offers for Addison SD 4 district and teachers were posted to IELRB on October 9. The teams met on October 7 and at the conclusion of that meeting, the board of education indicated an impasse. Negotiations include salary, leave time, and professional development. The electuary district enrolls 4,000 students in seven elementary schools and a junior high.

Negotiations continue in Bremen CHSD 228, where teachers have voted to authorize a strike but not filed with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board. Bremen serves 5,000 students in four high schools in Country Club Hills, Midlothian, Oak Forest, and Tinley Park.

Final offers in staff contract negotiations at Decatur SD 61 were posted to IELRB on October 8. The discussions center on wages, hours, continuing education, and health care coverage. The union includes hearing interpreters, licensed practical nurses, hearing-vision technicians, and teaching assistants.

Murphysboro CUSD 186 struck for five days in October, reopening after an agreement was reached on October 10. The Board of Education ratified the contract on October 15. It includes two years of 3% raises and a third year with a 3.5% increase.

More detailed information on final offers is available from the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB), which collects public postings for education-related final offers. Current IELRB postings can be accessed here.