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Details from LFHS Strike Agreement Released

The new four-year contract was ratified on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) ratified their new four-year contract on Tuesday afternoon, with the Lake Forest Board of Education approving it at their monthly Board meeting that evening. The negotiation of the contract led to a strike in September.

The salary portion of the negotiation includes a 2.7% average increase in its first year and a 3.8% increase in the second year. Increases for the third and fourth year are based upon a formula tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), but the estimated raises are 3.6% and 2.4%, for years three and four respectively.

The salary increases are, ultimately, more closely in line with the Board’s submitted proposal than the LFEA’s, with the Board requesting a 2.6% raise in year one with the LFEA requesting 5.6%. For year two’s proposal, the Board requested a 3.4% raise and the LFEA requested a 6.5% raise. In year three, the Board requested a 3.4% increase, with the LFEA requesting a 5.6% increase. For year four, the Board requested a 2.4% raise and the LFEA requested 4.7%.

Health insurance largely looks similar to the previous contract, with HMO and PPO family premium splits changing. (More details are in the attached table.)

The LFEA and the Board also agreed to form a committee formed of members appointed by both groups. The goal of this committee is to recommend a new salary schedule, consistent with recent pension reform legislation.

The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2012. However, teachers will not be paid for the five school days they were on strike. Additional days have been added to the calendar and were approved at Tuesday’s Board meeting. November  8 and 9, which were originally off for students, will now be mandatory attendance days. January 18 will now be the last day of finals. For the second semester, April 12 will now be a regular school day, with finals extended to June 6. Teachers will also now have four mandatory “teachers only days” on June 7, 10, 11 and 12.

As of right now, the days that students were in session during the strike will not be counted by the state of Illinois as accepted attendance days, but the Board is arguing that decision.

Both the Unfair Labor Practice Claims issued by the Board and the LFEA have been dropped.

“We are pleased to have a new four-year contract in place,” said Board of Education President Sharon Golan in a statement released Tuesday evening. “This newly endorsed contract keeps our district fiscally responsible to the community we serve, and allows our teachers’ compensation to remain competitive in today’s marketplace. We thank our parents, students, staff and community for their patience throughout these difficult negotiations and strike.

At the time of publication, a spokesperson for the LFEA could not be reached for comment.

RationalTht October 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM
The teachers STAYED on strike well past the board dropping those conditions, they were dropped in the first day or two. No, it was about greed, but the teachers were soon put under a microscope when the Chicago teachers settled and their salaries published, etc.
RationalTht October 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Yes, greedy - they stayed on strike quite a few days after the board dropped the other supposed "reasons" for striking and almost ruined homecoming for the kids.
Mark Stein October 12, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Despite what was said publicly, the Board did not take the two tier issue off the table until the last day. The Board continued to propose that the issue be sent to a committee that would have the authority to impose a two tier system before bargaining for the next contract even began. The LFEA would not accept this. The committee that is a part of the new contract only has the authority to issue a report. The report will not be binding. Having said that, the new contract is obviously a compromise.
Me October 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Yes greedy. The "two tiered" pay scale is only an issue because the incumbent teachers want the ability to max out on their earning potential very early in their careers. In the real world, that normally happens late in your career.
LF parent October 16, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Yes...greedy, self--righteous, intitlement cupcake eaters. The LFHS teachers seem the consider their role as educators of our children the same as receiptents of the Federal welfare system; the harder the tax payers work, and the more the tax payers pay, the more they deserve. The Board most certainly should install a plan that allows for the termination of striking teachers and immediately replaces them with applicants from the multitude of equally qualified educators that would gladly, and gratefully, step into the cup cake line.

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