Grayslake District 46 employees to strike Thursday, shutting down schools

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GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — Teachers and employees from Grayslake District 46 are going on strike Thursday, which will impact 3,700 students.

As a result, classes, extracurricular activities, after-school programs and before-school programs will not be held Thursday.

The school board issued a statement Wednesday saying it was deeply disappointed.

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.

Union members include 300 teachers and about 180 support staff.

Negotiations are expected to resume at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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