District 46 Teachers' Union Votes to Ratify Contract

The vote took place Jan. 30.

The District 46 teachers' union has officially ratified the new contract.

Jim Pergander, business agent for the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said the union voted 247-60 to ratify the two-year contract. The District 46 Board is anticipated to vote on the contract at its next meeting, slated for Feb. 6.

"It has been a long road," said Pergander. "(It's) a bit of relief and a bit of satisfaction to come to a conclusion."

Teacher compensation was the main sticking point throughout negotiations. The district, which is projecting a $2.2 million deficit next school year, repeatedly said it could not spend money it didn't have despite the union's argument that the district had a bloated fund balance and could afford salary increases.

More than 300 District 46 teachers went on strike Jan. 16 following an eleventh-hour negotiating session on Jan. 15. As a result, classes were cancelled for some 4,000 students for three days.

Students returned to classes Tuesday after having Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

GL Resident February 01, 2013 at 07:13 PM
I think the union is doing this in the spirit of transparency. In other words, keep it invisible from the ones who will eventually pay for it.
Terri February 01, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Details cannot be released until the board approves it. It ain't over til it's over.
Terri February 01, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Not the unions call. They approved it, apparently. Balls in the BOE court now.
Korrina Grom (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Hi Matt, details about the agreement cannot be released until after the school board approves it. I'll be at the meeting Wednesday night, so I hope to get some details then.
Terri February 01, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I heard that 30 local business's came out in support of our teachers. Was yours one of them? You do handle some of their 403b's, right? And they do have other firms as choices, right?
WorriedParent February 01, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I don't know why it took the union 9 -10 days to hold a vote and ratify the contract. They were all bringing their pillows and blankets in a big show to "work all night" to the negotiations but sure took enough time to ratify. This could have been over last week if they got their stuff together and had it to the board to vote at last weeks meeting!
Terri February 01, 2013 at 10:09 PM
It had to be reduced to writing first. All was done in the required timeframe. Besides, the BOE had 2 years to come up with a decent offer. This never would have happened if it weren't for all their infighting.
HAL E BERGER February 01, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I'm guessing it won't even be close to over depending on what the BOE approves or does not approve. A simple life lesson regarding politics, and life in general, when people have something at stake and you make a decision that impacts them, even BOE members resigning may soon learn what all prior BOE members have learned, their decisions, no matter what they decide, or who they agree with, will follow them far into their personal life. Yes, ecomomies change, children grow up, teachers move on, administrators retire, and my red-cent cheap advice to the board is to remember who they represent and who elected them and then do the best that they can because if they get it wrong their neighbors will be left with the bill & the reprecussions for years and I assure you they don't forget and they will remind you even years later. I know, Keeping D46 running requires some very tough choices and in this incredibly bad economy the reality is that is not easy. Worse yet if you get it wrong it will come back in the next year & even if you leave the BOE, and there is a mess next year, it's not going to be pretty. So good luck to all of you on the board you are exactly between a rock and a hard place and only being a true statesman can help. So plan prepare, think about what you will say, stay calm, and best wishes as you prepare to enter the arena, it's that place where no one can win.
WorriedParent February 01, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Oh I am sure it was done in the allotted timeframe, there was just a bunch of banter (from the teachers and the union) regarding the board not making the Sun meeting...and then the union turning around and saying they had to sleep after working SO hard at that last meeting. All for show! And 2 years was when their last contract was approved, they have only been out of a contract since June. Which appears by the timelines posted that the board and union have met several times prior to the calling of the strike.
Terri February 01, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Show me where there was infighting, refusal to negotiate, delay tactic, etc. on the part of the union. When they did the last contract, they knew the need to get started on the next right away. And how many times has the BOE opened their side of the contract, in a pinch, to cover the teacher's butts when they needed it? Besides, they met in 6 days and ratified on the seventh. I don't think that's unreasonable considering 7 pages of abbreviated legaleese needed to be drafted, presented, explained and understood.
Terri February 01, 2013 at 10:54 PM
So I take it that means you weren't out there that Sunday supporting your customers...I mean, teachers?
WorriedParent February 01, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Show me where there wasn't....unless you were actually in the negotiation meeting you would have no idea, now would you? All I was doing was making a comment on all the banter that was going on the Teachers Union facebook page...by the teachers and whatever union member representing them. It is just all comical but I am sure they would continue to slant it in such a way that it is the BOE fault while the rest of us anxiously await to see who and how much will be effected (kids, schools, taxes, etc...)
Sandra Sims February 02, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Terri knows all..........or she's just a big know it all. And according to her, the precious teachers and the union can do NO wrong. Never met anyone so myopic and ideologically blind. Rather sad, if she wasn't so smug and annoying.
Terri February 02, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Someone who really cares February 02, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Terri-thanks for your help in getting the facts stated. But I don't think you should bother on this patch ever again, as there are too many people who honestly don't care what the facts are during this whole ordeal. If these worried parents had divorce, custody or other legal issues, I guess waiting for all the crossing "t's" and dotting the "i's" would be a mute issue. I am wondering if these people would support any strikes that involve unions. What would these worried parents do without fire/police service men and women? Lose everything I guess! Oh wait, I forgot to mention I would definitely think that these worried parents that care so much about them getting back to work instead of their child's edication, would also want a quick end to disagreements so we can again be your glorified babysitters. Thanks again for your support Terri but this patch isn't worth your time and effort and neither are these people!
Tony February 02, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Yes, brilliant! Unfortunately, this is the perfect example of why education is such a problematic issue in this country.
Terri February 02, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Primarily for the uneducated & arrogant.
Tony February 02, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Yet another fine example of why education is such a problematic issue in the country.
Sandra Sims February 02, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Terri, don't be so hard on yourself. I'm sure you're not totally uneducated. Arrogant, sure, that's a given. But hey, you do your job well. You post the same things on every thread, nauseatingly repetitive stuff. The union must be happy with its shill. The strike is over now, you can retire the name. Don't let the door hit you, etc.
Terri February 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
SS I know it's tough to live in the dark. You'll survive. And don't be so sure this is over...the BOE still needs to approve it.
BMF February 04, 2013 at 02:17 PM
We need to pay teachers more. AVON school did not meet federal education standards. So now kids are being allowed to switch schools. This is obviously because we need to pay more. How could we do this to our children?
Terri February 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
BMF... I think you'll find, if you actually look at the demographics, That Avon did fine. If your child is economically disadvantaged, Meadowview has no track record. Their scores include nothing but economically advantaged, white students without IEP or LEP. If you look at that same group at Avon, they actually performed better than Meadowview...or as well.
BMF February 04, 2013 at 03:27 PM
IF you look at the facts they failed. Parents have an option to switch schools because of it. You can spin it however you want. We aren't getting what we paid for I guess.
Terri February 04, 2013 at 03:55 PM
That's a very shallow view...and dangerous for your child, I might add, if you believe in standardized tests. It appears you have pocketbook over performance mentality. Look at the performance figures, all of them, and tell me you're doing what's in your child's best interest. Personally, I put little faith in AYP and Standardized tests, but for those who do, look at the numbers.
BMF February 04, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I was told we pay more here because of extraordinary teachers. I was also told we have to pay more to keep extraordinary teachers. However, the they fail the test scores and that doesn't count to you? How convenient it is to discount factors that aren't convenient to your agenda.
Terri February 04, 2013 at 08:39 PM
No. It doesn't count to me. Or anyone that has taken the time to study standardized testing and how relatively useless it is when used for accountability. Heck, one only needs to look at ALL the data that is provided in the report cards to see that. Sadly, too many look at the raw AYP and declare failure. NCLB is a miserable disappointment.
BMF February 04, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I like the idea you have of no accountability.
Terri February 04, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Oh, there are plenty of good ways to provide authentic assessment for teachers...plenty. Problem is, it means administrators have to actually work and do their jobs. Much easier to just slap an arbitrary snapshot test score on it and call it a day.
BMF February 05, 2013 at 12:48 PM
You cant have administration evaluate teachers because they are in the union. They take care of their own. The Mafi also works like this. I have been around union people my whole life. You are rewarded for doing less and not working harder than the person next to you. The reason they get away with it is because they can use gang like activities like strikes and using our children as collateral. Same concept as the poor child who is being held hostage on the school bus. Put the fear of our children's education in our face and people get scared. Bring outside evaluators in and get rid of the unions you instantly fix the problem.
Terri February 05, 2013 at 02:16 PM
It's good to see you're open to authentic assessment, really. But please note that administrators are NOT members of the union. While they might be best equipped to act as evaluators, you bring up an interesting concept...I'd have to give it some thought. Thanks!


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