Walk the Line
It was freezing cold outside, but striking District 46 teachers bundled up in preparation for their first day of picketing on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
More than 300 teachers went on strike after Tuesday's eight-hour mediation session with the school board ended without a new contract agreement. Teachers have been without a contract since July 2012.
Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said teachers were present at the picket lines at all school buildings as of 7:30 a.m. They continued picketing until about 3 p.m., the end of the normal school day for most D46 schools.
Teachers walked the picket lines with signs reading: "I deserve a fair contract," "We're not asking for what the board can't give," "I have a master's degree" and "I make a difference for your child."
Along picket routes, such as busy Route 83, many vehicles could be heard honking in response.
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