Tuesday marked Day 4 of a teacher's strike in suburban Waukegan and no resolution in sight. 17,000 students and 1200 teachers remain out of the classroom and it looks like that could be the case for a fifth day tomorrow.
The strike comes at a critical time in the school year; for sports, after school activities and especially for seniors applying to college.
Parents, students and teachers have picked outside the district headquarters on Sheridan Rd.
Meanwhile, negotiators were back at the bargaining table again this afternoon. Teachers want a three year deal with a 9% raise in the first year and 7% raises for the years that follow. The school district--even with a $26 million reserve - says it can't possibly do that without bankrupting District 60.
The teachers union in Waukegan released a statement saying, “The Waukegan Board of Education had seventeen-and-a-half hours from the time they walked away from the bargaining table last night... they presented us a counter proposal that showed no movement. We want to end this strike, but until the Board shows a commitment to the community it serves by taking seriously these negotiations, the strike will not end.”
Meetings are expected to go well into the evening.