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Grayslake D46 Teachers' Union Prepares to Vote to Authorize a Strike

Contract negotiations between the Grayslake District 46 Board of Education and teachers' union have stalled. The district has declared an impasse, according to the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504.

The Grayslake School District 46 teachers' union could vote to authorize a strike at its closed-session meeting Monday, as a result of stalled contract negotiations with the school board.

Mike McGue, president of the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, told Patch the District 46 Board of Education has declared an impasse under Illinois law and that the "last, best offer (from the board) has been made."

When asked to comment, District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll told Patch, "Not at this time, thanks."

The union, which covers 300 district teachers, had its last bargaining meeting with the school board Tuesday night.

"We remain committed to collective bargaining," said McGue.

Because the district has declared an impasse, said McGue, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will require the union and school board to post their last offers/positions and the related costs on the State of Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board Website.

This information, which the public can view, could be posted within a week, said McGue.

"The board is walking away from negotiations, not the union," said McGue.

On Monday, McGue said the union will go to its members to discuss the district's last offer and possibly vote to authorize a strike or call for intermediary action.

"This doesn't mean we are going to strike," said McGue. "This will send notice to the board that we are willing to strike if we have to, but that's not our hope."

"Our hope is to reach resolution," said McGue.

The District 46 teachers' union voted to strike in 2008, said McGue, but it never came to fruition, and the union agreed to a 3-year contract.

For the 2010-11 school year, said McGue, the union accepted a salary reduction "to protect jobs."

According to a report in today's Daily Herald, the union took a base pay raise of 2.75 percent for the 2010-11 school year instead of the originally scheduled 4 percent to help the district bridge a budget deficit. In exchange for those reductions, teachers received a contract extension for 2011-12 that included raises of about 4 percent.

That contract expired at the end of June 2012.

McGue said the school district's Educational Support Personnel, a separate bargaining unit which covers about 190 non-certified staff members, is working without a contract as well.

WorriedParent October 17, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Terri, income of a d46 residents and d46 teacher is irrelevant. They should not be compared and used as a basis for how much a teacher should make. Besides many teachers don't even live in d46. And I believe the comparison of a teachers 190 days vs public sector's 270 is also a good argument. You indicate many teachers work more than the 8 hours a day, just like the taxpayers, yet we have to do it for many more days a year than a teacher. Many of us making lesser salaries than those posted on the salary list. That list is not all administrators...many are teachers. I see some teachers making more than administrators!
Terri October 17, 2012 at 02:33 AM
WP HM indicated teachers have better salary/benefit packages than the private sector...my comment was an answer to that. Teachers are tax payers, too; you seem to frame your comments as if they weren't. Teachers are paid to work 190 days. On any other day, there are no students in the buildings. Teachers, on average, make less than those in the districts private sector. I'm sorry that you make less. You might consider a carrer in education; or as a dental hygienist.
Jim Loeffler October 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Simple question to all...what is the dollar amount my tax bill will increase by if we give the teachers what they want?
tim spencer January 06, 2013 at 10:10 PM
We should all agree that the teachers deserve a pay raise in line with cost of living... the question is ... is there enough money to maintain a somewhat healthy system?
Tee January 16, 2013 at 03:03 AM
There is a recession and many people have no jobs and losing their homes, especially in Grayslake. The market value is down, no one now a days are getting raises do to the economy. When we get out of a recession and the economy gets better then they should get raises like everyone else. I don't get 3 months vacation and 2 weeks off during the winter holidays. I'm just happy I have a job in this market that where there is no such thing as job security. No one is safe and can lose their jobs. I love the teachers but now during these times it not such a smart thing to fight for money. Everyone is struggling, everyone needs to work, kids need to be in school.

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