3,700 students out of classes as Grayslake teachers, staff go on strike

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GRAYSLAKE, Ill. β€” About 3,700 students were out of class Thursday as teachers and support staff at Grayslake District 46 went on strike.

Classes, extracurricular activities, after-school programs and before-school programs were canceled Thursday.

The union said pay is the main issue. They are two years into a four-year contract, but all sides agreed to revisit the issue of pay raises now. Their ranks also include support staff of maintenance workers, nurses, secretaries and librarians and other employees some of whom make under $15 an hour.

District 46 spokespeople turned down a request for comment, but the Grayslake Federation of Teachers said the district's latest offer provides between 3% and 3.8% raises over the next two years. The teachers union said it’s not enough and pointed to classroom support staff as an example, who according to the union, are woefully under compensated for their important work.

Union members include 300 teachers and about 180 support staff.

Negotiations resumed Thursday afternoon. A union representative said there was movement during negotiations but no agreement has been reached so far.

The next planned negotiation is scheduled for Tuesday, but if they are unable to come to an agreement Thursday, it is possible they may have another session as early as Friday.

The school district provided a list of day care centers where parents can drop off their children during the strike:

  • 4 Kids
    61 Center St.
    Grayslake, IL 60030
    847-548-4386
  • First Steps Nursery School
    2163 Illinois 83
    Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
    847-223-1299
  • Kindercare
    1512 N. Rt. 83
    Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
    847-543-7910
  • Peppermint Stick
    40 S. Whitney St.
    Grayslake, IL 60030
    847-223-0611
  • Prime Time Daycare
    1838 E. Belvidere Rd.
    Grayslake, IL 60030
    847-548-3455
  • La Petite Academy
    2518 Rte. 83
    Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
    847-265-9744
  • Round Lake Park District
    814 Hart Rd.
    Round Lake, IL 60073
    847-546-8558
  • Circus Kazoo
    100 S Atkinson Rd.
    Grayslake, IL 60030
    847-986-561
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