​Negotiations continue; offers filed in several Illinois districts

  • Date Posted
    September 23, 2019
Several Illinois school districts are in the process of extended negotiations and contract filings with the Illinois Education Labor Review Board (IELRB) signaling an intent to strike. Here is a summary of the labor issues across the state as of September 20.  As of this writing, there have been no strikes in 2019-2020 in Illinois.
The teachers union and support staff offers for Carbondale ESD 95 were posted to the IELRB website on September 11. The district reportedly settled with support staff last week. District 95 has three elementary schools and a middle school. The sticking points in the teacher contract negotiations include classroom furniture and classroom provision funds, as well as annual pay increases over the proposed three-year contract.

Nearby, the Murphysboro CUSD 186 final offer was posted by the IELRB on September 17. Negotiations center on percentage raises and qualifying steps. Murphysboro has K-2 and 3-5 elementary centers and a middle and high school.
More information is available from the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB), which collects public postings for education-related final offers. IELRB postings can be accessed here.
The teachers and staff at Blue Ridge CUSD 18 in Farmer City have formed a “strike exploratory committee” after the district’s last offer. Positions were explained at a September 19 board meeting, and the negotiators are expected to meet again September 24.
Bremen CHSD 228, based in Midlothian with four south suburban high schools, continues negotiations with a federal mediator after starting the school year without a contract. Issues include salary and insurance, teacher evaluations, and climate.
The state’s largest school district, Chicago Public Schools, is continuing highly-publicized negotiations with the administration of Lori Lightfoot, in her first year as mayor. The Chicago Teachers Union is scheduled to vote this week and could set a strike date as early as October 7.
Evergreen Park ESD 124 teachers planned to file an intent to strike notice after negotiations broke down on September 20. The union represents 135 teachers and 70 paraprofessionals and support staff at four elementary schools and a middle school. The board notified parents of continuing negotiations, which include salary and its impact on teacher retention.
Talks include health insurance premiums, pension contributions, and salary in Mendota SD 289. Teachers reportedly filed an intent-to-strike notice and the next mediation session is scheduled for October 1. Mendota SD 289 has a building for kindergarten and first grade and another for grades 2-4. A middle school for fifth through eighth grades is also home to a preschool.
North Shore SD 112 teachers have completed a strike authorization vote. The 385-member North Shore Education Association and the district saw their contract expire in August and have been in federal mediation. Negotiations include planning time and continuing education, as well as salary. North Shore has seven elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high school, and an early childhood center.
In recent settlements, DeKalb CUSD 428 reached an agreement with its teachers in mid-September, averting a potential strike after months-long negotiations. Diamond Lake SD 76 (Mundelein) and its teachers approved a five-year contract offer with a September 24 date scheduled for ratification. Forest Park SD 91 and its teachers reached an agreement in late August after months of negotiations.