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UPDATED: No Agreement Reached in D46 to Avoid Strike

District 46 teachers will strike.

Update, Tues. Jan. 15, 11:55 p.m.

From the D46 Facebook page:

Per Superintendent Correll at 11:52PM:
Unfortunately, the Board of Education and D46 teachers were unable to reach an agreement. The teachers have informed the district that they will be on strike beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th. Please watch the website for further updates.

Patch will be posting a separate post as more information becomes available.

From the D46 Facebook:

We would like to welcome all the new people who joined us today/tonight. We wish it was under better circumstances, but welcome none the less.

Just an update: the Board of Education and Teachers' Union are still negotiating in hopes of averting a strike tomorrow. As soon as we are notified, a School Reach call will go out, the web will be updated as well as an email blast, Facebook update and Twitter update.

We expect to know something at any time - and certainly by 5:00am tomorrow morning.

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 15, 11:05 a.m.

Superintendent Ellen Correll has posted the following statement on the D46 Website:

Dear Parent/Guardians:

As you are aware, the Board of Education and the Teachers' Union have been in negotiations for several months. As of this date, no agreement has been reached. The Teachers' Union has identified January 16, 2013 as a tentative strike date if no agreement can be reached during negotiations this evening.

I realize that this is a challenge, for you, the parents. I will be sending a School Reach call out either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning regarding the results of the meeting on Tuesday. I will notify you as soon as I know whether or not there will be a strike.

Please review our website (www.d46.org) for updates and other information regarding the impending strike. Hopefully, both sides will be able to come to an agreement on Tuesday night.

Sincerely,

Ellen Correll

Original post

Parents of students in District 46 are expected to learn tonight whether classes will resume normally Wednesday or if they need to make daycare arrangements as the result of a teacher strike.

The school board and teachers' union will meet at 3:45 p.m. this afternoon for one last bargaining session.

The main sticking point is compensation.

The district has agreed to a two-year teacher contract, but is holding firm on instituting a salary freeze with no step or lane changes. However, the board has offered to give all certified staff who have not submitted a notice to retire a $1,000 stipend in year two, which would cost the district about $300,000.

Initially, the union proposed a 3 percent salary increase for both contract years.

At the Nov. 28 negotiating session, teachers said they would agree to continue working at their current 2011-12 salary schedule for next school year, but they wanted lane change compensation paid in February 2013, which would cost $200,000, and two salary steps scheduled for Sept. 2013 and March 2014, which would cost $750,000, according to the district.

Friday's session included the union's suggestion of having a one year contract with a salary increase of about 1.75 percent for 2012-13, which the district has not agreed to.

"The school board has attempted to discuss different scenarios with the union. Unfortunately the union hasn't accepted or countered any of our attempts to resolve the issues," stated school board president Ray Millington on the district's Website.

According to a presentation at the town hall meeting Jan. 9, the cost of the school board's proposal would be an additional $300,000 in FY13-14.

The union's proposal would cost an additional $200,000 in FY12-13, and $950,000 in FY13-14. The union proposal would be equivalent to 23 teaching positions in FY13-14.

Prepared to strike

If a contract agreement cannot be reached today, teachers are prepared to strike Wednesday.

The following information was posted to the district's Website Monday morning:

An initial School Reach phone call by will go out Tuesday night if an agreement cannot be reached and school is cancelled. Additional information will be available at that time.

There will be no updates sent through our e-News email system, the District Facebook account, or Twitter account. Please bookmark and watch the website for updates and additional information.

Superintendent Ellen Correll said she has been working with Champions to develop childcare plans at Meadowview and Prairieview schools in the case of a strike. The Grayslake Park District will also offer two strike camps.

In addition, the district has been accepting applications for temporary substitute teachers to provide services to students if feasible.

Strike or no strike, "For Our Children's Future," a citizen initiative established by local activist, one-time State Senate candidate and Lake County Tea Party leader Lennie Jarratt, will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at State Bank of the Lakes to discuss teacher contract issues. Jarratt said all D46 school members are invited to participate.

Strike timeline

  • Oct. 12, 2012: The school board declares an impasse. The union prepares to vote to authorize a strike.
  • Oct. 16: Teachers' union approves an authorization to strike if necessary.
  • Oct. 25: The board and teachers' union post their best and final offers of the contract.
  • Oct. 30: The Board of Education and the teachers' union meet for the first time with a federal mediator.
  • Nov. 12: A second bargaining session results in little progress.
  • Nov. 13: A strike date of Jan. 16 is announced.
  • Nov. 28: Some progress is made during a negotiation session between the two sides, however a contract agreement is still not reached.
  • Dec. 11: The first 'Town Meeting' is held by the D46 Board to address concerns from the public.
  • Dec. 20: The district announces it is accepting applications for substitute teachers in preparation for a potential strike by the union.
  • Jan. 9, 2013: A second 'Town Meeting' is hosted by the D46 Board.
  • Jan. 11: Another negotiation session is held.
  • Jan. 12: Both sides agree to negotiate once more on Jan. 15.
  • Jan. 16: The teachers' union will strike if a contract agreement is not reached.

Check back with Patch for the latest strike updates.

Lennie Jarratt January 16, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I always find it interesting that the personal attacks are mostly directed at the board minority who effectively have no say the final terms of the deal.
Lorax January 16, 2013 at 03:57 AM
BMF- if you want great, well-educated, non unionized teachers you still have to pay for them. Great teachers are not going to come to a district that gets paid sufficiently less then the surrounding districts. Our school district has already lost teachers/administration to surrounding districts. I know everyone says that a teacher goes into teaching for the kids, but teachers also need to be compensated for their time. The teachers are not asking for much. In the first year they are asking for 1/2 of what they were promised for continuing their education ( to become better teachers) the majority of their masters programs our paid out if pocket. In order for them to make more money they have to spend more money.
HM January 16, 2013 at 03:57 AM
A fair assumption, Doug, but no, this teacher is not a coach in D46.
MB January 16, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Is there any word on whether they have come to an agreement?
Lennie Jarratt January 16, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Most likely, we won't find out until sometime after midnight and most likely closer to 2 am.
MB January 16, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Holy cow! Thank you. My lack of knowledge about teachers unions is going to be incredibly obvious in a moment, but what is a lane change?
Lennie Jarratt January 16, 2013 at 04:17 AM
A lane change is a horizontal move across the pay schedule based on the number of hours completed toward an advanced degree. A step is a vertical move down the pay schedule because of another year of service.
MB January 16, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Thank you!
Lorax January 16, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Teachers in this district do care about these children. I know of teachers that go to their students plays, sporting events, piano recitals, and other out of school activities. These teachers give up their own time to support these children in non academic activities, because these children invite their teachers to be there. These Grayslake children would not invite teachers that don't care about them to their personal activities out of school.
Angela Sykora (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 04:55 AM
From the District: UPDATE: As of 10:30PM the Board of Education and Teachers' Union are still in negotiations. Please be advised that in the event of a teachers' strike on Wednesday, January 16th, all communication updates will take place here on the District website: www.d46.org
Lennie Jarratt January 16, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Come out the the Townhall meeting tomorrow night @7pm and learn a whole lot more. State Bank of the Lakes 50 Commerce Dr. Grayslake
Angela Sykora (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 05:43 AM
D46 Facebook Administrator said per Supt. Correll, there is NO time limit, so this could end soon or at 3 a.m. I'm gonna need snacks!
Klive January 16, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Apparently, both Mikes feel teachers are babysitters. Give us credit. We are your children's psychologist, social worker, counselor, caregiver and most importantly educator. I too, am a parent who wants the best education for my children and put faith in their teachers no matter the circumstances. Apparently babysitting is more important to you than making sure your child has a childhood filled with excitement for learning each and every day. What will your children learn? I pray that my children will continue to value education as I do and continue to learn respect towards others and empathy towards those who require it.
Black Betty January 16, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Yep, I'm sure you'll find some highly qualified teachers that will "learn your kids real gud" making 28,000 a year. Hmm... to be a teacher or be a door greeter at Wal-Mart? Decisions.... Decisions...
Black Betty January 16, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Lorax- Great Insight. In addition, most new teachers leave the profession within 3-5 years. I mean most people change jobs when they feel underappreciated, can you imagine what it must feel like having an uneducated public express their .02.
Lennie Jarratt January 16, 2013 at 07:28 AM
Black Betty, interesting your veiled threat. Then you cowardly deleted it after posting it 4 times.
Black Betty January 16, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Lennie, Finally! Thank you for the acknowledgment! Awkwardly enough, I faced a web browser issue that wouldn’t allow me to receive confirmation that my post had generated or not. Great success! Much thanks again. I am happy that you were able to read my initial point and please know that I stand behind the original statement. Your agenda for self-promotion or self validation is not wanted or needed here. Cheers, BB
Lennie Jarratt January 16, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Come out the the Townhall meeting tomorrow night @7pm and learn a whole lot more. State Bank of the Lakes 50 Commerce Dr. Grayslake
Black Betty January 16, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Lennie, your time would be better spent on treadmill. Nobody is interested in your one-sided opinion. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Lisa Henderson January 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM
For any parents who are in need of child care and find there is no room at the other programs there are plenty of in home child care providers in Grayslake who will be able to help you during the strike. check out www.lakecountyhomedaycare.com for names of providers.
BMF January 16, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I think you are mistaken by your belief that you have to pay a ridiculous amount in property tax to have great teachers. My masters program was paid out of my pocket as well and that helped me to keep my job in this economy not demand more money. How much are tax payers willing to pay to keep funding the union? Grayslake is already undesirable for most home buyers and business because of the crazy taxes. This just adds to the embarrassment.
Black Betty January 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM
BMF, I don't think that was ever stated. It would be logical to think that the more education a teacher has, the more effective they are. I'm sure the same applies to the reason why you pursued higher education. If the contract states that a teacher will receive X amount of pay increase once X level of higher education is completed, they should be compensated for it. The idea is to have highly qualified teachers in our children's classrooms. http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/methods/teachers/hqtflexibility.html
BMF January 16, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Asking for anything when businesses are leaving and people are paying outrageous taxes is to much. I have many neighbors that are working a second and third job to keep up with the taxes. Many have had pay cuts and benefits cut. What good are overpaid teachers, administration, and UNIONS if the parents aren't there to parent? Its been my experience that you can have the best teachers, but if the parents aren't involved it doesn't matter.
Mia January 16, 2013 at 03:53 PM
This was brought to my attention by my husband, that Grayslake Teachers Pay Scales is considerably lower that surrounding districts, including Round Lake Area Schools. Therefore, we need to be cautious that we don't lose a lot of good teachers and in return get what we pay for, the teachers that other districts don't want. I am just looking at this merely from a business and performance point of view. We won't see the impact from of this strike and negotiations right away, but it will definitely have an impact of real estate and re-sale values. It is too bad, this used to be a good community :( I am so sad!!!
Lennie Jarratt January 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Reminder - 7pm at State Bank of the Lakes, 50 Commerce Dr, Grayslake. Townhall meeting to discuss the strike. Hosted by For Our Children's Future.
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Lennie has no facts or info of the CLOSED SESSION NEGOTIATIONS. NO CLOSED SESSION NEGOTIATION INFORMATION WILL BE AT LENNIE'S MEETING. CLOSED SESSION CONVERSATIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE DISCUSSED WITH ANYBODY OUTSIDE OF THE CLOSED SESSION MEETINGS. IT'S A LENNIE MEETING, FOR LENNIE, BY LENNIE, ENDORSED BY LENNIE The information is he presented is only HIS OWN to push HIS AGENDA. IF LENNIE IS SHARING INFORMATION BY THE BOARD, IT IS WRONG.
Terri January 21, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Think I found it. Many teachers take salary for 20 pays. Many for 24. It appears that the CFO took a pay period and extended them all by 24. If you do the math ({pay/24}20) on the ones that don't match the ISBE data base, you get real darn close. Several of the teachers on the list don't even make the minimum to warrant being on it. Seems a pretty egregious error for a CFO.
C-Dub January 21, 2013 at 04:18 AM
@Terri, while we tend to disagree on things. I admire your passion and knowledge. I went into this with a closed mind focused on one thing. You have made many good points and now I have opened up my mind and just want a fair dealing between both sides. LET'S GET THIS DONE AND FOCUS ON THE FUTURE!
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 06:58 PM
350 people showed up Sunday in the freezing cold to support the teachers of their district. That’s: • 10 times the number that showed up for either of the For Our Children’s Future town halls. • 10 times the number, on average, that shows up to BOE meetings. • 5 times the number that have ever shown up for a BOE meeting (in recent history). 30 local business showed their support for the teachers by supplying food, providing parking, providing warming shelters, allowing access to their bathrooms, and donating cash to help teachers that might need it in a prolonged strike. Residual benefits went to local food banks through excess donations. That’s: • 10 times the number of local business’s that spoke at any levy hearing. • Equal to the number of attendants at any For Our Children’s Future town Hall. • Equal to or greater than the average attendance at a BOE meeting. Actions speak louder than words. I applaud the board for listening to the public. I only wish the silent majority had been more vocal at the levy hearings. It’s too late to do what the public really wanted.
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 07:34 PM
350 people showed up Sunday in the freezing cold to support the teachers of their district. That’s: • 10 times the number that showed up for either of the For Our Children’s Future town halls. • 10 times the number, on average, that shows up to BOE meetings. • 5 times the number that have ever shown up for a BOE meeting (in recent history). 30 local business showed their support for the teachers by supplying food, providing parking, providing warming shelters, allowing access to their bathrooms, and donating cash to help teachers that might need it in a prolonged strike. Residual benefits went to local food banks through excess donations. That’s: • 10 times the number of local business’s that spoke at any levy hearing. • Equal to the number of attendants at any For Our Children’s Future town Hall. • Equal to or greater than the average attendance at a BOE meeting. Actions speak louder than words. I applaud the board for listening to the public. I only wish the silent majority had been more vocal at the levy hearings. It’s too late to do what the public really wanted.

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