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LFHS Teachers Issue Strike Notice for Sept. 12

If no bargain is reached with Board before then, the teachers said they would walk off the job.

 teachers will stop working at 12.01 a.m. Sept. 12 , according to a statement today by Lake Forest Education Association teachers’ union (LFEA) spokesperson Chuck Gress.

The union issued a Notice of Intent to Strike to the Board at 4 p.m. today after Thursday’s mediation session failed to produce a deal and the LFEA found the District’s last and final offer under the collective bargaining process unsatisfactory.

“This is a difficult decision as we have always put the school community and its students first in our minds and our hearts,” Gress said in a statement. “Since there was no movement by the Board at last night’s negotiation session, the LFEA feels it has no choice but to take the next step in the collective bargaining process.”

The Board was not surprised by the action and is preparing for a possible work stoppage. It is also willing to meet again but says the union has not agreed to further talks.

“The Board remains steadfast in its efforts to provide fair compensation that’s reflective of today’s economic realities,” it said in a statement. “If needed, the Board has prepared a Strike Plan to address any potential work stoppage.”

After the teachers began last year without a contract, . The two sides met with a federal mediator over the summer and the union declared an impasse August 10.

The Board and the union were required to make their final offers to each other public today and those documents can be seen on the Illinois Labor Relations Board website. Patch will have a more detailed story Monday after it has the opportunity to review the documents closely and speak to representatives of the union and Board.

No further negotiation sessions are scheduled, according to Gress.

Patch learned of the teachers notice at 5:15 p.m. today and had not received a response from the Board by 6:15 p.m. We will update our readers when we do.

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Ted August 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Hi Frost, You sound so much like a teacher. BTW, you forget to break your thoughts into consistent paragraphs. Your last several sentences also lack proper diction. Perhaps if we paid your teachers more they could teach you how to write a proper summation. Just a thought.
Ted August 27, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Hi Bill, Au contraire; I along with a great many other taxpayers, are very interested in Maximus' financial situation. We want Maximus fairly compensated for the important work he/she does. My personal goal is not to punish teachers for doing their job but to see they are fairly compensated for their efforts--not too little, not too much. I get it that the union is pushing for a great deal for Maximus while the taxpayer is trying not to go broke in the process. The system is flawed when the payer of the bills, the taxpayer, is not given a seat at the table, and is attacked for even questioning the salaries of the people we have to pay for. Just saying....
Scott August 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Wow, they won't accept a small raise when TAXPAYERS are unemployed and taking pay cuts? Give us a break. REPLACE THE TEACHERS with teachers that will do it for a reasonable salary. How many hours do they work for $100K? 1,200 or 1,300 per year? Most of us work 2,500 hours a year to even come close to $100K. They are ingrates. Send them packing. It continues to be obvious that the caucus system has FAILED. Free and open elections should be held.
Scott August 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Why doesn't the school board take competitive bids for the teaching positions? This process is used for everything else in government. It works. I bet you would fill all the positions and save AT LEAST 50%!
Scott August 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Furthermore, just because we have been overtaxed and the district has some reserve funds, the teachers should not be able to get at that "extra" money. Save it and REDUCE TAXES next year!

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