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Board, LFEA Fail to Come to an Agreement After 14 Hours of Negotiations

Lake Forest High School strike will continue into its 6th day on Tuesday.

Despite meeting for over 14 hours, the Lake Forest High School, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"lake-forest-high-school"} --> teachers' union and school board failed to come to an agreement Monday. The strike will continue into Tuesday, while

Jeff September 19, 2012 at 02:44 AM
What is a bonus?
Jeff September 19, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Pretty sure teachers have been instructed not to be on this site
RationalTht September 19, 2012 at 02:45 AM
@karemare - it sounds like you are just throwing out allegations - no proof - just like the teachers.
RationalTht September 19, 2012 at 02:46 AM
US SC decision states that teachers do not have to be given their jobs back afterwards, or rather the replacement teachers do not have to be fired.
Spunky September 19, 2012 at 02:53 AM
State says last two days of school at LFHS don't count as official attendance days: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-state-ed-board-school-in-lake-forest-without-teachers-shouldnt-count-20120918,0,2144449.story
Gary September 19, 2012 at 03:02 AM
State employees rule on behalf of other State employees. What a shock.
One Opinion September 19, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Even though I'm not a huge Facebook user, my students are, and they have been stalking the lakeforestteachers page to see what and which teachers (and students)have been posting. This will be a hard year going forward. I can't believe the teachers think this page will earn them respect for the future. Even I became interested in who was featured. So very sad for D115.
LF Parent September 19, 2012 at 03:10 AM
You missed the point - my union wouldn't ask for the moon because they are thinking long-term, care about community relations, and are grounded in reality.
BJ Tyler September 19, 2012 at 03:17 AM
@RT: I stand corrected. Do you know if any attempt has been made to hire replacement teachers?
Gary September 19, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I think I found the law that protects striking union teachers from being fired: (5 ILCS 315/) Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=108&ChapterID=2 "(5 ILCS 315/10) (from Ch. 48, par. 1610) Sec. 10. Unfair labor practices. (a) It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer or its agents: ... (3) to discharge or otherwise discriminate against a public employee because he has signed or filed an affidavit, petition or charge or provided any information or testimony under this Act;" I should point out that there is nothing keeping us from hiring new teachers while the strike is on. It just looks like the striking teachers can choose to come back to work as long as the strike is in effect, which could be forever. I could find no long term time limits. Now the fascinating part about all this is that I could find no contingency plan for dealing with a situation that never gets resolved. The laws appear to assume that the strike will always end at some point, and the strikers will always go back to work. So if I read what I thought I read... and you got nothing but an "internets" guarantee that I have any clue at all... then the simplest way, and probably the ONLY way to get rid of the union, is to simply refuse to agree to a contract, hire new teachers, take back the ones who cross the line, Keep Calm and Carry On.
BJ Tyler September 19, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Gary.. I believe you are correct. That is why the BOE should be actively hiring replacements immediately!
David September 19, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I'd love to find out who she is and send her a gift. Maybe a private fund could be started and split between the teachers who return to the classroom.
David September 19, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I hope they like Starbucks. I'm sending them all cards tomorrow.
Norman Dale September 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Seems to me that if we run the Old Picket Fence at 'em we will be able to get a clear shot from Jimmy Chipwood and we can win this tnimg now. Anyone else agree?
LFResident September 19, 2012 at 03:51 AM
@Spunky. It is only a news article about a spokesperson opinion, not s ruling. LHFS can argue that they are having seminar days with educational components no different than other high schools in the state. But, yes, eventually the students will need to be taught the basics to qualify. In comparison, the CPS quality days of education comply with the state. Not a high hurdle for LFHS to meet.
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Yes, the younger teachers are the victims of their own union. They will be the first ones laid off in the spring.
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I can tell you this form experience. The salary freeze years here in Grayslake were when the highest increases occurred.
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 04:58 AM
It is easy enough to setup a poll like that. The harder part would be ensuring only teachers could take it, which would not happen with the cooperation of either the BOE, the Union or both.
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 05:01 AM
The community can setup a forum for the community. This happened in Zion during their strike. I was there for the first which had about 50-60 people to get them kick started. The second meeting had 250 residents and only 1 person stepped up in support of the teachers. The strike was settled the next day.
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 05:02 AM
LF Resident/Parent, correct,. that is my experience as well. LFHS is a first.
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I will be happy to help you with a community organization, just schedule a meeting at the library. Second, anyone interested in running for school board please contact me using http://ForOurChildrensFuture.com and I will gladly walk them through the process.
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 05:05 AM
They banned me form their page when I started asking them for documentation to prove their claim of the BOE lying.
Gary September 19, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Hey Paula, I believe Jeff's post is an offense worthy of the Lifetime Ban Hammer. Are you going to deal with this?
Lennie Jarratt September 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Yes, it is interesting how so many areas there is a call for choice. But in teaching, you must pay to work.
Rsean September 19, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Could we negotiate these terms after class is dismissed? We have from 330pm until 9pm everyday to negotiate the contract.....'m I missing something? Also, I would like to say to the picketing teachers, walking with your signs in a elongated circle is from a time when union lines were meant to stop the use of what ever you were making.....what are you making? And why are you walking in a circle? Who cares! Just stand and hold you signs. Walking in a circle makes you look uneducated as to why strikes were originally created.
Concerned Citizen September 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Does anyone know the terms of the tentative agreement?
Another Affected Tax Payer September 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Just that it's a 4 year ccontract.
Another Affected Tax Payer September 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I think going forward the taxpayers of our district need to have a forum set up where participants can discuss either anonymously or by using their names the issues pertaining to the schools. The exchange of information over the past week on The Patch threads has been very enlightening and it may prevent issues from going unknown in the future.
Really? September 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM
http://touch.chicagotribune.com/#section/544/article/p2p-72391765/ Teachers return to school this morning.
Jim September 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I certainly hope you are kidding Mr Stalin.

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