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Prairie Grove District 46 Teachers Strike

After failing to reach an agreement during negotiations on Thursday, the PGTA informed the school at 12:30 a.m. teachers would not be reporting to school on Friday.

 

Prairie Grove Teachers Union finally acted on a strike authorization vote taken in August.

The PGTA met with the District 46 bargaining team on Thursday night for more negotiations that never seem to realize an agreement between the two sides. The PGTA issued a statement at 1 a.m. Friday:

"After seven hours of negotiations tonight (Thursday), the Prairie Grove teachers will not be reporting to school on Friday, Oct. 12." 

"The teachers' negotiating team asked the Board of Education team and their attorney to continue negotiating throughout the night but they would not agree to continue to negotiate.  The next negotiation session is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12."

This morning, the 73 members of the Prairie Grove Teachers Association are on strike. 

At about 1 a.m., District 46 posted a notice on its webpage stating that school would be closed for Friday. The notice said the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake would offer lowcost daycare for families needing assistance.

The notice also stated the District 46 School Board had made its final offer.

"Although the board has imposed its last best and final offer, the parties have worked diligently to reach an agreement," the statement said. "The board has agreed to the union salary requests and the union request for a salary schedule. The board and the PGTA have agreed to the amount of money that the board will contribute to health insurance premiums."

"At the beginning of the session, the only issue separating the parties last night was the union demand that the board make additional payments to some individuals for deductibles in addition to paying for premium costs. Late in the session, the PGTA added several other proposals."

The statement went on to say that the board members believed an agreement could be reached quickly if the parties concentrated on the issue that was discussed at the beginning of Thursday night's session.

The board agreed, and even invited, the public to attend today's negotiation session as observers only. The session is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in the school's multi-purpose room. 

Prairie Grove School District 46 is located at 3233 Route 176 on the far east side of Crystal Lake. It has two schools and serves about 900 students.

Bruce Wayne October 12, 2012 at 08:58 PM
As uneducated as yourself perhaps? Their demands are greedy, and unwarranted, especially with the economy in the shape it's in. Support the teachers? They are lucky to have a job!
Bruce Wayne October 12, 2012 at 09:04 PM
School boards are attempting to keep things in check, yet the teachers keep on taking and taking and taking. When the board puts a referendum on the table, next year, or the year after that, those same parents who supported the teachers will complain, and won't vote for the referendum to cover what they gave up to the teachers during their strike. Those misinformed parents want their cake and they want to eat it too. Shameful.
Melanie Blackburn October 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Let me educate you... a tentative agreement has been reached between the teachers and the Board of Education. Prairie Grove District 46 residents are proud of the group of teachers they have working and teaching our children! It's time we showed our support for all of those educators who prepare our children for the tough life we have created for them. Thank you, teachers of Prairie Grove District 46.
Mickey October 16, 2012 at 07:16 AM
Shame on any of you for responding negatively. All too often the media distorts the true facts. Before any of you judge, spend a day in a classroom and see the wonderful learning that takes place despite class size, lack of resources, physical space issues among other challenges that the public has provided. We as teachers educate those little ones so they'll be taking care of you in old age. But I suppose we can take that away from you when the time comes. We give over 100% to teach children to be fair, respectable, responsible and caring all in order for them to be exposed to such abuse from you all. Do your research and find out all the facts before you judge. Don't just look for the media reports to be entirely true. Spend hour after hour at negotiation meetings to see what really goes on. And ultimately, think how jumping to conclusions hurts your child. Remember this, we will still be their teacher, social worker, psychologist, nurse, parental figure that spend 5-7 hours loving and supporting them as they make it through their lives. Will you all be able to do that?
A parent October 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Here Here!!!!!! Add that sometimes, parents take a back seat and expect the teachers to teach morals, behavior, and all of the things we learned at home when we were young!

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