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District 300 Teacher's Union to Vote on Strike

Teachers will meet Sunday at Dundee-Crown High School to vote, according to the Northwest Herald.

District 300 union leaders decided late Thursday to hold a strike authorization vote after several of the union's 1,300 teachers said they were not happy with ongoing contract negotiations as well as a statement made by school board member Anne Miller, LEAD 300 President Kolleen Hanetho told the Northwest Herald. 

The vote will be held Sunday at Dundee-Crown High School, according to the Northwest Herald.  

LEAD 300 has requested, among other proposals, substantially smaller class sizes. The Northwest Herald also reports teacher's are asking for better compensation for instructing classes with 33 to 37 students, according to the Northwest Herald. 

District 300, Miller said in the statement, is continuing to weather difficult financial times.

"State funding is at best unpredictable. And we have a huge pension cost on the horizon," Miller said. "We need to look at long-term fixes that do not create long term debt."

The school board is also concerned with class sizes, Miller said, but needs to look at coming to a "fair and equitable agreement" that does more than get the district "through the next two years."

"We would like to avoid cuts in staff and programs," Miller said. "We would like to keep all of our schools open."

Here is the full statement from Miller. 

District 46 teachers went on strike Friday. After bargaining from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., a tentative agreement was reached between the district and union.

The terms of the agreement are expected to be released by the Prairie Grove Teachers Union, but the negotiating team wanted to present them first to the PGTA members. 

School is expected to resume Monday for District 46 schools. 

Debbie Mitchell October 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
It's funny how critics out there comment on the reason why teachers go on strike is for financial gain. Are you kidding me?! If they wanted high paying jobs they would never have gone into teaching. They do it for the love of educating our children. Ignorance solves nothing. Before criticizing take a good look at the negotiations and find out exactly what they are fighting for. One topic is smaller class sizes. Now will that put more money in the teachers bank account? No, they negotiate for the betterment of our children, period. Understand the issues before blaming the teachers. "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child ". Accountability parents, we should all be in this together.
zen October 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Exactly Debbie. I was ashamed to read many comments about the Chicago and other school district strikes. If you ask me, this is a War on Labor. Anyone who has a job, or is looking (or even praying) for a job should understand that all workers in this country are under attack. We are all in this together, and should be for the betterment of all working conditions, especially those spending long hours with our children. Teachers are hardly compensated for the time and effort (and caring) they put into helping children learn. If you are looking for a fight, look at the jobs where people are compensated ridiculous amounts of financial (among other benefits) gain for doing almost nothing, and giving nothing back to the society that they leach off of. That is a fight worth fighting if you are mad about today's economy.
jeff October 13, 2012 at 06:53 PM
First off the owner of starbarks should be original and not mimic another company it makes your company look bad. If you can trademark starbarks then do so. I am local and own a business and own several trademarks. I was at a trade show on 2 different occasions and there was someone selling products, t-shirst, hats etc with my trademark on them I couldn't believe it! They were making money off all of my hard work I asked them to stop selling they didn't I took picture with my phone and to make a long story short I took them to court and got over 75k in damages and Im just a small business here I can only imagine what starbucks could do to these guys. That being said whether starbucks was a small company or the giant they are someones trying to make money off of someone else's logo and hard work and that's why we have trademarks!! To the owner of starbarks if you trademarked "starbarks" then all starbucks can make you do is change the logo design and maybe color because believe me in court they will call it a similar likeness and throw the book at you. One of the best trademark attorneys around is about 3 blocks from you guys Mathew Perrone I would give him a call.
Traci Matysek October 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM
There are way too many Assist/Assoc supers in the D300 central office know as "Bregy's Cabinet". D300 can some fat from that office and have a small amt of change left over to higher para professionals for the larger size classrooms. My high school student still does not have books for one of his classes because the administration was smart enough to figure out that you will need more books because you are not on block scheduling anymore. COMMON SENSE D300
Debbie Mitchell October 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Dan....are you kidding me?? Find out exactly what they are negotiating for before you say something else so ignorant. No, I am not a teacher, however, if I had chosen to be one what an honorable and responsible career it would have been. Nothing more important than educating children!
Debbie Mitchell October 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Did anyone see Dan's comment from the other day? Unbelievable! dan 10:36 am on Thursday, October 11, 2012 i'd like to know how D300 teachers are evaluated.. these union teachers usually aren't held accountable for educating our kids, but are proficient at getting more of everything for themselves. what are their evaluation standards? I need a list from Dan on exactly what these so called "pension benefiters and summers off" employees received for themselves.
Debbie Mitchell October 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Dan, I would love to stick you in a room with 33-37 first graders and see how long you last. I believe teaching is a calling and they are professionals. They are not babysitters. Yes, I am sure there are some bad teachers in the mix as there are in any profession. Let's concentrate on weeding out the bad from the good instead of your nasty comments. Teachers are NOT in this for themselves, otherwise they would be sitting behind a desk, in a room alone calculating numbers for some corporation. Not standing in a classroom of 33-37 little children attempting to mold their futures.
Debbie Mitchell October 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
In my opinion, I believe we should do away with their union. They were put in place when they were needed. No longer needing protection, abolish them, fire the bad seeds, (bad teachers) and compensate the good ones. Let them get on with doing their job of educating our future generation.
LITH citizen October 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I believe some of these frustrations are being directed towards the wrong people. The ones who are sitting back laughing at how we constantly deflect the blame towards teachers or school boards are the politicians! Isn't Election Day coming soon??? I have not heard any local or national candidate make any mention as to how they are going to fix the terrible business model our school systems are using. Yes, the Teachers and School Boards deserve some of the blame because they need to be realistic about their demands. We need to all come together and make a stand against our State officials and demand answers regarding why they do not pay their bills to school districts. It furiates me when election time comes around all the piles if cash each candidate raises. Why not tax the candidates on the money they raise and put it towards the schools. Oh wait........that we never happen because they are the ones making up the rules for their own benefit. Let's not penalize our kids; i say we put a special committee together of successful business people to figure out a way to fix our school system! This is AMERICA and we have the worst schools?? Sorry about this long rant, I am just a tired American who watches is hard earned tax dollars being used to pay for what I really do not know anymore!
jeff October 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
The state is corrupt with or with out unions its the people not the unions if it wasn't for unions,prevailing wage and the Davis Bacon Act their would be no middle class an no one would make more than 5$ an hour teachers, cops, tradesman etc. Theres bad apple's everwhere but it has nothing to do with unions.
Steve November 25, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I have 2 sons who attend schools in 300 (DMS)...I say FIRE THEM ALL!!!! Throw out the union contracts that have BANKRUPT this country and hire people who love to teach and educate our children...not just looking out for themselves. I pray what happened to the greedy blood-sucking union strikers from Hostess happens here with these overpaid and underperforming teachers!!!
jeff November 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The state is corrupt with or with out unions its the people not the unions if it wasn't for unions,prevailing wage and the Davis Bacon Act their would be no middle class an no one would make more than 5$ an hour teachers, cops, tradesman etc. Theres bad apple's every where but it has nothing to do with unions.
Alma Jaime December 05, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I thin that what u guys did was ridiculous! I am a student of the district 300 and i hate the fact of missing school days! Teachers do their job because they love us and because they do what they love to do! I wish all of this could stop and i love my techers no matter what! Even if you guys say all that stuff about them! I am a middle schooler and i want my school and teachers back fast!
Alma Jaime December 05, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I am with u guys and i totally agree that u guys should have a better life but with the fact that i do not agree is that we the students are missing school days!

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