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LFHS Teachers, Board Meet, No Pact Reached

Final offer of both sides will be available for public viewing by Monday.

No agreement was reached Thursday when representatives of the District 115 Board of Education and the met together with a federal mediator for the first time since July 19.

This is also the first time the groups met since the teachers declared an impasse in the negotiations August 10 setting in motion a chain of events that could lead to a strike as early as Sept. 10.

Despite the fact no agreement was reached, Board President Sharon Golan remains hopeful a contract satisfactory to both sides can be attained.

“The Board of Education remains committed to continuing to meet with the union to reach an outcome that keeps our teachers’ compensation competitive with comparable area high school districts, while remaining fiscally responsible to our community,” Golan said in a statement.

Representatives of the LFEA did not have comments for Patch before deadline but August 17 which was along with a the teachers’ action.

Under Illinois law, once one side declares an impasse, the two sides must exchange final offers within seven days and those offers are made public seven days later. District Communications Director Anne Whipple indicated both proposals would be available to the public by Monday on the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board website.

After the final offers are exchanged, the union must wait 14 days before a work stoppage could begin, according to Illinois law. The LFEA must also issue a notice of intent to strike 10 days prior to any cessation of teaching. No notice has been issued. No one has indicated when the next mediation session will be held.

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Me August 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM
This is aa call for the teachers to strike. We won't blink. Go ahead, make my day.
LF parent August 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM
As many community homeowners and parents suffer with income losses and struggle to cover the expenses related to living in the school district, the union seeks to further stress the situation. We'd all like to have free health coverage and unrealistic 6% income raises. But the reality is that the the private sector is reducing health insurance coverage, requiring empoyees to pay a greater portion of the benefits and reducing salaries. The teachers Union seems to believe that tenure deserves immunity from real world economics. Enough chest beating! Let the union strike; the residents who pay the taxes to cover the education expenses will see the true colors of the teachers...it's green. Let the teachers walk! The education they provide can be provided by new hires; the legions of qualified, under-employed teachers that would love to teach in this community.
LF Parent August 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I agree, let them strike. Let's bring in some fresh blood who are eager to tech and bring new fresh ideas to the classroom.
LB Parent August 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Exactly! All of us who work in the private sector pay for a portion of our insurance. We consider ourselves lucky to get a 3% raise, and there are plenty who are actually taking pay cuts. Many (if not most) of the teachers in our district are making six figure salaries for working only 10 months out of the year. Yes, teachers have a VERY important job, and they should be treated and paid well, but they already are!! We are in a situation where there are many qualified teachers who are unemployed & willing to take a more realistic view of the situation as a whole. I have no issue with allowing the current teachers to strike if they cannot understand that the demands they are making are flat out unreasonable.
Bob August 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Let them strike. The union has decreased the education quality and teachers have erin been migrating to no union highland park due to it. Change it up and bring some new teachers in!

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