NW suburbs school district week away from potential strike

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PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. -- One school district in the northwest suburbs is one week away from a strike.

The vote has s been approved, but there are four more negotiating sessions scheduled before 150 teachers and 1,500 students are out of the classroom.

The union, Prospect Heights Education Association (PHEA), wants 5.5 percent in Year 1 and 5 percent raises in years two and three of the contract.

The district calls those numbers "impractical".

As of right now, District 23 has offered roughly $640,000 in compensation over three years. PHEA wants about $1.3 million.

It sounds like the two groups are worlds away from each other. Both sides agree on one thing: they want to avoid a strike if possible.

The possible strike is a topic at Wednesday night's regularly scheduled school board meeting.

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