District 33 teachers strike enters 2nd day

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Classes are canceled for 4,000 students for a second day as Teachers in West Chicago return to the picket lines.

A special closed door session of the West Chicago Board of Education was held last night. No word on when talks will resume between the board and District 33’s teachers.
Contract negotiations failed over the weekend.

Talks have have been going on for more than a year.  Recently, there was an offer on the table.  But the board and teachers have not resolved issues on salary, health insurance, retirement benefits and teacher appraisal.

The strike will affect more than 4,000 students in seven schools and two pre-school programs.

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  • Sammy

    I agree John. I think many people are suffering financially and now is not the time to complain about what you don't have and how much more you want.

  • Jack

    John and Sammy you are so right. How dare those greedy teachers even think of asking for a wage increase or even to keep the benefits they already have. They should all be begging their employer to just keep them employed and cut their wages and benefits like the rest of the non-union workers. I'm going to encourage my college student to switch to education because being a teacher is such an easy job that is way over paid. Why don't you encourage your children, spouses or even yourself go into teaching and join life on easy street too?

  • Emily

    Don't forget to aim your anger at the teachers union rep, not always the teachers. They are just following ranks. On that note, the union is asking for money where there is none. Any one who has driven through West Chicago knows that there are forclosed homes in every neighborhood. Very few big business or factories to give the town enough tax base. There isn't money to pay the teachers as it is now, let alone if they keep demanding a 6% raise for every teacher every year?! Who gets 80% of their insurance covered for them and 6% raise with 3 months vacation every year? They need to be happy they have a job. All the young teachers I know with Masters and experiance are having troubles finding teaching jobs these days.

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