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Gallery: From the District 46 Picket Lines

Teachers in District 46 began their first day on the picket lines Wednesday, Jan. 16. The strike continues for Thursday. School is again cancelled.

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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POLL: D46 Board and Union to Negotiate Again Sunday. What will be the Outcome?

Update: No Contract Agreement Reached in D46 Thursday

District 46 Residents Turn Out for Citizens' Strike Forum

District 46 Strike is On

UPDATED: No Agreement Reached in D46 to Avoid Strike

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Tell Us: Did you see the picketing? How did you react?

Swanson11 January 18, 2013 at 08:49 PM
nice cover up....you boe members have a tough time selling your lies
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Interesting Rich G.... I live in English Meadows and I support the teachers! Don't speak for our neighborhood as a whole. Teachers also live in English Meadows and I can't imagine they support your views either.
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Rich G- Obviously you have some issues you need to address. It is amazing that you pay the high school teachers on average $20,000 more then the elementary teachers, but yet you only knock the elementary teachers.
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Tony- Just a FYI the teachers are not fighting the community, in fact they are not fighting at all. The teacher's are just trying to get a fair contract which is their right. As for businesses that want to lend a hand or show a nice gesture what is so wrong with that? I am glad that we have businesses that help out when they can. If our whole community could have that mentality we probably would be much better off in the long run!
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Negative, negative, negative that is all you have to offer! This is sad really sad!
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:30 AM
You seem so proud of your actions, I am embarrassed for you.
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Union really? The union agreed to settle..... The Board rejected it! Stop saying the teachers are against the community and the children. The Board could have prevented the strike and could have already ended the strike. The teachers already agreed to two contracts that the board rejected!
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Tony- most people vote for what's right and they use their brain
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Lennie, Why do you keep thinking people are going to take you seriously and believe in your agenda. Didn't you try to run for State Senate and FAIL? Get a clue man.
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Rich G- Please do some research about what is going on. Obviously you are not keeping up!
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Do you honestly think that anything would get accomplished with more people's opinions in the pot? The people of Grayslake voted for the BOE the teacher's chose their Union Reps. The teachers are confident in their choice..aren't you? The teachers are not negotiating with the community (that would be ridiculous) they are negotiating with the BOE. It has always been that way!
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 01:54 AM
My neighbors attended your last meeting. They told me it was a waste of time. I am not going to waste my time.
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 02:01 AM
The BOE makes a lot of people sick! Check out the Grayslake Teacher Facebook page.
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 02:04 AM
This town meeting will not make negotiations public! Just staying!
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I would love to know how you seem to know so much about the teacher's strike? First you are not a teacher and you are not a BOE member. Teachers Union Reps are not allowed to discuss the contract details and BOE can not discuss the contract either. So your meeting must all be hearsay....
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 02:25 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 IS 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.
Lennie Jarratt January 19, 2013 at 02:28 AM
My knowledge comes form extensive research in D46 and many surrounding school districts. It also comes for working with an organization that trains new and current board members in budgets, levies and many other aspects of how to be an effective board member. As you could see from the presentation my proposals are based on data from many sources.
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 02:29 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.
Lennie Jarratt January 19, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Hilarious that you have to yell the information. Yes, I have an agenda and it is to make sure every child has access to a quality education. As I stated Wed night, I will fight to keep teachers from being RIFed, to keep class sizes low and to prevent program cuts that hurt the children. I do not expect everyone to agree with me. All I ever ask for is a willingness to have an open and honest discussion of the facts so we can come together to find a solution.
Lorax January 19, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Lennie- Don't call your meeting "Strike Information" if you are not discussing the strike. If you are discussing ways to change our budget, maybe your title should be relating to that. "Budget for the Future"
Lennie Jarratt January 19, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Yes I do.
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Then DO NOT make it look like your meetings have any actual impact or helpfulness to the current strike. You have made it seem all this time that your meetings are about the information relating to this strike and they ARE NOT. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT YOU AND YOUR MEETINGS HAVE NO INSIGHT OR INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT CLOSED DOOR NEGOTIATIONS. Don't mislead people to get them to go to your meeting. AND STOP TAKING PICTURES OF TEACHERS.
Lennie Jarratt January 19, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Yes, we are discussing the strike. I proposed a 5 year contract framework Wed night as an out of the box compromise that does provide raises that grow over the length of the contract while the budget mess is corrected. I even gave 3 options to help with that as well.
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 02:46 AM
YOUR MEETING IS NOT RELEVANT TO THE CURRENT STRIKE. THIS CAN BE CONFUSING BECAUSE LENNIE HAS LABLED HIS MEETING "STRIKE INFORMATION" A MORE APPROPRIATE NAME WOULD BE "HEAR LENNY TALK ABOUT FUTURE STRIKES NOT THE CURRENT D46 STRIKE"
Miriam January 19, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Michael Carbone is already going by an assumed name. His real name is Michael Jorudd. An excerpt from the Sun Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/15966816-505/lake-county-candidate-has-other-name-in-his-past-as-well-as-a-handful.html For most of his life — including at Antioch High School, where he graduated — he was known as Michael Jorudd. Under that name, he racked up criminal arrests and charges that include driving on a suspended license, criminal trespass to property, assault and two DUI charges. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Carbone insisted that the fact he’s now using a different name doesn’t mean he’s trying to hide anything. “We went through the process, and I came up victorious every time,” he said of his bouts with the law. “I was young, a different age. People aren’t perfect. I never said I was perfect. I am not a perfect person.” Yeah. No kidding.
Lennie Jarratt January 19, 2013 at 02:53 AM
It sounds like you are protesting the townhall meeting just a little too much. Why are you so scared of my presentation?
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Why do you assume I am scared? It's unfair for you to represent that your meetings have any value to the current strike. Lennie, I'll go toe to toe with you but it will be a useless debate because you have no knowledge on current education policy.
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Let me restate that, you I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say you have some knowledge, but not as much as I do.
Swanson11 January 19, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Why do the costs and numbers the BOE provides change almost every other day? Why does the state say that there is more money? Do you know if that if this strike goes on for a few weeks and these weeks aren't made up that D46 will lose even more money? The BOE is ok with this because they don't believe they are going to receive the money anyway. Have you looked at the union information as well. I have looked at both sides and yes I did attend board meetings.
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 07:33 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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