Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The union strike date has been set for Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Update, Thursday, Jan. 3 District 46 union president Diane Elfering informed Patch that a session between the union and school board has been scheduled for Jan. 11. "We are hopeful that we can avert the strike date of January 16th. We will meet all night if needed," said Elfering. The school board will also host a second town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at Grayslake Middle School. For more information related to negotiations, click here. Original post The holidays are over. School has resumed. And the District 46 teacher strike date of Jan. 16 is two weeks away. The school board and union presented their best and final offers at the last negotiating session on Nov. 28 The district has agreed to a two-year teacher contract, but is holding…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Teachers' union responds to D46 effort to employ temporary substitute teachers and support staff should the Jan. 16 strike date stand.
Update, 8 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 20 Patch has received the following statement from Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federal of Teachers Local 504, the District 46 teachers' union: Previously, it was announced in the event of a strike Jan. 16 school would be called off. We believe that decision was a wise choice. It is best in the long run to cancel school if, unfortunately, a job action becomes necessary, resolve the issues then resume and complete a full school year with the student's actual teachers delivering instruction. It appears the board now wants to keep the schools open, using 'temporary' certified teachers, then after a settlement is reached, to resume with a shortened school year with the children’s actual teachers. In …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Despite the agenda including discussion and action on the pending teacher strike, Monday's special board meeting ended without any information for the public following an hour-long executive session.
Monday's special meeting called by the District 46 School Board was a dud for the public who expected some discussion and possible action related to the looming teacher strike, per the meeting agenda. Only a handful of people, mostly teachers, attended the meeting, which had been rescheduled from 1 p.m. at the district office to 6:30 p.m. at Grayslake Middle School. Prior to entering in to executive session, the board took public comment. Bridget Hengels, a fifth-grade teacher at Woodland Intermediate School in District 50, whose son attends Park School, asked the board what they hoped to accomplish with the special meeting "besides hurting your teachers, inconveniencing your parents and giving me the impression that you care very little …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The special meeting will now be held Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Grayslake Middle School for the school board to discuss the pending teacher strike.
The District 46 School Board has scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 at the district office at Grayslake Middle School. The board will go into closed session at the beginning of the meeting. Afterward, there will be discussion of the pending teacher strike under new business, followed by "recommendation of action item in response to teacher strike." D46 Parents Want to Talk to Teachers' Union UPDATED: Some Give but No Takers in District 46 Bargaining
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The District 46 School Board hosted a 'Town Meeting' Tuesday to discuss teacher contract negotiations and have a dialogue with residents concerned over the looming strike date.
At least 100 residents attended a "Town Meeting" hosted by the District 46 School Board Tuesday to hear the district and union's best and final contract offers, ask questions and voice concerns for what happens next. "What are we supposed to do when the teachers go on strike?" "Is it all about money or what's best for my child?" "What can we do as parents to help?" These were just a few of the questions raised by parents at the meeting who thanked the board for hosting the forum but also expressed a strong desire for the union to afford the community the same opportunity for dialogue. D46 Supt. Ellen Correll said she would relay to the union that parents are interested in a meeting of their own, to hear their side, but it would be the …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Residents are encouraged to attend a "Town Meeting" hosted by the District 46 School Board at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Grayslake Middle School to hear and discuss the contract proposals of the teachers' union and board.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Town meeting set in District 46 to present and discuss teacher contract proposals publicly.
Residents are encouraged to attend a "Town Meeting" hosted by the District 46 School Board at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Grayslake Middle School to hear and discuss the contract proposals of the teachers' union and board. There will also be discussion of the effects each proposal would have on the district's deficit budget and along with an update on district finances. Some progress was made at the last bargaining session between the school board and teachers' union on Nov. 28, but a contract agreement has yet to be reached. The union's Jan. 16 strike date still stands. No future negotiating sessions have been scheduled, said Jim Pergander, business agent for the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, but it's likely the federal …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Unable to come to an agreement at their last negotiating session on Monday, the teachers union has announced a strike date of Jan. 16.
Update, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m. Jim Pergander, business agent for the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 540, told Patch the Jan. 16 strike date was chosen because "we wanted to give everyone enough time to prepare." The date, he said, "looks like it's way out there, but it's closer than we think." The holidays were another reason the date was set in January. However, said Pergander, "Our priority is to settle this at the table." Another negotiating session is scheduled for Nov. 28. Pergander said whether the strike happens "literally depends on how things go on the 28th." That does not mean, though, that both sides can't or won't have an additional session beyond that date if they are close to a settlement, he said. After Monday's …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Grayslake District 46 School Board and teachers' union had their first negotiating session with a federal mediator this week to resolve contract issues. Negotiations will continue on Nov. 12.
The latest news regarding the contract negotiations between Grayslake School District 46 and the teachers' union is that the talks will continue on Nov. 12. The following is a statement from D46 Supt. Ellen Correll, posted on the district's Website: The District 46 Board of Education and the Grayslake Federation of Teachers continue to bargain in good faith, including a meeting last night, October 30. Another date to meet has been scheduled for Monday, November 12. During this period, we expect "business as usual," meaning school will be open. If anything changes with this, parents will be immediately notified through the emergency calling system and email. Thank you for your patience. I will do my best to keep communications open! Please …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The best and final contract offers from the Grayslake District 46 School Board and teachers' union have been posted for public view. The unresolved issues are related to salary, retirement and flex benefits in lieu of medical insurance.
Nine days after teachers in Grayslake District 46 voted to authorize a strike as a result of the school board declaring an impasse in contract negotiations, both sides have made their best and final offers available for public inspection. Negotiations will continue, however. Jim Pergander, a representative for the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said the first negotiation session with a federal mediator will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30. By law, the union must give 10 days strike notice. Final offers As required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the best and final offers from the school board and union have posted on the State of Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board Website. Patch has also attached the …