Talks resume in Prospect Heights school strike

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PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Both sides are back at the negotiating table, but you do get the sense this could go on for a while.

Negotiators have only met twice since the District 23 strike started last Wednesday

The teachers have been on strike since midnight on that day, their biggest issue: compensation.

The union refused the school board's most recent offer of a 3.25 percent pay raise the first two years of a new contract and 3 percent increase for the third year. Those numbers are for teachers earning less than $90,000 a year.

The union made a counter offer of a 4.5 percent pay raise the first two years and 4.25 percent the third year.

The teachers say their pay is lower than that of teachers in surrounding districts.

The board say the teacher's compensation is fair.

Caught in the middle of this labor dispute: The 1,570 pre-k to 8th grade students who attend the district's four schools.

Parents say they understand the argument on both sides and how this process works, but the kids need to get back in school.

This situation is becoming taxing for local families who are having to make unexpected child care arrangements.

The Prospect Heights Park District is offering all day activities for kids. But the activities are not free, and some parents have had to take off from work look after their children.

On Sunday the striking teachers met with parents and people in the community. They didn't want WGN cameras inside, so that parents could speak freely about this situation.

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