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Union Claims LFHS Board Will Not Meet

Board has yet to respond to the union’s latest proposal and will not schedule further mediation.

No negotiation sessions are currently scheduled between the Lake Forest Educators Association teachers’ union and the District 115 Board of Education as the Board has posted what it claims are both sides’ positions on its website.

According to the information on the website, the union is demanding a three-year contract with an average annual increase in compensation of 6.7 percent while the Board is offering a 3.6 percent increase. The increase is a calculation of both salary and benefits.

At this point, the teachers are waiting for a response to their latest proposal, according to Univerv Director Mark Stein, an Illinois Education Association official.

“We are kind of hoping they will come to the table and settle this rather than negotiate in the press,” Stein said.

The Board takes the position on the school’s website the Lake Forest teachers are among the highest paid on the state and the current Board proposal keeps them in that position. Though no mediation date is set, the Board claims it is willing to talk.

“The Board has been, and remains, open to meeting with the union as needed to achieve a mutually acceptable contract” Board President Sharon Golan said. Stein maintains the union seeks further mediation and the Board refuses.

Union representative Chuck Gress is unwilling to say anything publically about the negotiations. “We are still in the midst of the collective bargaining process and will not be commenting on the specifics of the negotiations at this time,” he said.

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Me August 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Put the taxpayers in charge of this negotiation and the teachers would be seeing and even harder line on the increases. In general, the taxpayers say fire all of them and start over. Teachers know that they can cause a huge disruption in the community if they strike and thus they are in a strong negotiating position. We as taxpayers need to stick to our guns and not give in to this greedy bunch. Just look at how the weak School Board was manipulated Harry Griffith and how they caved in offering a huge package to his successor. This Board is not in touch with reality and we will all suffer as a result.
Gary August 02, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Feel free to run for the school board. Reformers will have to run as independents against the Lake Forest Caucus selected candidates though.
Really? August 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
@Gary: We finally agree!! The teachers need a reality check. Gary has stated our position as tax payers well. My household has not seen an income increase since 2007, I pay my own health insurance and my real estate taxes 17% last year after protesting them the previous year! I'm sure my daughter ( w/MEd teaching at LFA) would gladly cross a picket line to secure a highly paid job at LFHS, and she would be awesome. She could call up other fellow highly qualified MEd's w/ESL endorsements and second-language endorsements. Wake-up LFHS teachers: there are a lot of highly qualified unemployed young teachers out there who would love to have your job.
JC August 02, 2012 at 10:50 PM
The LFHS teachers should get a dose of reality. They are one of the highest compensated HS teachers unions in the country, they get generous automatic salary step increases for most of their career and have job tenure that makes them almost immune from firing, they have gold-plated pensions with COLA's that for many of them will earn them more in retirement than when they taught, they work 75% of the hours vs the private sector allowing them to supplement their income in summers, they have not taken on any risk of building their retirement funds nor had to save for it, they have some of the smallest class sizes in the country, they teach in one of the most desirable areas of the country, it appears that we have paid their HC, and on and on and on... A huge thanks to the the board for delivering a BAFO. If the teachers don't want to take the deal on the table, let them strike and let's move on hiring replacements ASAP.
Joe August 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Will our children once again get to see the teachers in their solidarity t-shirts and hear them complain about having to work without a contract? It wasn't very impressive last fall. How will the teachers explain that 3% was insufficient for them when the rest of us are getting smaller or no raises at all?

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