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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. 

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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