Negotiations continue throughout the state
Date PostedOctober 10, 2019
UPDATE October 10: Murphysboro CUSD 186 has reached a tentative agreement with its teachers and school is back in session. The board of education will vote on the agreement Tuesday.
Teachers strike in Murphysboro; talks continue throughout the state
One school district is on strike in Illinois and others are involved in negotiations and contract filings with the Illinois Education Labor Review Board (IELRB). Here is a look at labor issues across the state as of October 4.
Murphysboro CUSD 186 teachers went on strike on October 3, with salaries the main point in negotiations. The teachers union has requested annual salary percentage increases based on steps; the board of education has offered a dollar amount salary increase. Murphysboro has K-2 and 3-5 elementary centers and a middle and high school.
Mendota SD 289 offers were posted by IELRB on October 1 and the district could see a strike as early as October 16. Negotiations with a federal mediator continued this past week. Issues in negotiation include salaries, pensions, and health care. The district serves 1,100 Pre-K to eighth-grade students.
The union for the state’s largest school district, Chicago Public Schools, adjusted its strike deadline date to October 17, a joint deadline with school support staff and park district workers. Negotiations continue and the district says it will keep schools open for its 300,000 students in the event of a strike. Talks reportedly include teacher prep time, class size, and staffing shortages.
Evergreen Park ESD 124 had its offer and counter posted by IELRB on October 3 but reportedly reached an agreement with its teachers that same day. Issues negotiated included teacher staff turnover related to salaries. The district educates 1,900 elementary students.
Carbondale ESD 95 reached an agreement with its teachers on October 1. As of October 4, the district awaits a vote by the teachers union membership but is not expected to strike.
A mediation session for Blue Ridge CUSD 18 and its teachers is scheduled for October 9. The district, based in Farmer City, is discussing salary and wage increases, health insurance, and retirement for teachers and staff. Blue Ridge is a unit district with approximately 750 students in three schools.
Bremen CHSD 228, based in Midlothian with high schools in Country Club Hills, Midlothian, Oak Forest, and Tinley Park, is negotiating with its teachers on issues including salary and insurance, teacher evaluations, and climate. Reportedly “far apart” on negotiations, mostly financial, the district and its teachers will meet twice in the coming weeks with a federal mediator.
Negotiations also continue in North Shore SD 112, where teachers approved a strike authorization in September. Talks in the Highland Park elementary district include planning time and continuing education, as well as salary.
Springfield SD 186 and its teachers will work with a federal mediator in the coming weeks. The district has been operating without a contract. Discussions include salary, class sizes, SEL support, and issues of safety.
Decatur SD 61 and its staff of 275 teaching assistants, nurses, and hearing and vision aides continue negotiations and are scheduled to meet October 15.