Poll: Prairie Grove Teachers Vote to Strike, Should They?

The PGTA and Prairie Grove School District 46 Board of Education have been in contract negotiation talks for 20 months.


The tally on the Prairie Grove Teachers Association website reads 575.

It represents the number of days instructors have been working without a signed contract agreement with the Board of Education.

The PGTA on Sunday issued an e-mail stating that 93-percent of its membership on Aug. 21 overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization vote. 

"After meeting for five hours on Aug. 21, 2012, Prairie Grove Teachers Association was yet again disppointed in the negotiations session," the email stated.

The PGTA further stated no decision has been made on "a strike date at this time." 

For the past 20 months, the PGTA and District 46 Board of Education have been negotiating terms for a new contract to no avail. The district, based at 3223 Route 176 in Crystal Lake, serves approximately 900 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

In January, the PGTA sought assistance from a federal mediator, and still no resolution was reached. On May 3, the PGTA declared an impasse. , according to a Crystal Lake-Cary Patch article.

Louise Reinier August 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
1st teacher DO OT get 3 months off!! Our summer break this year was 10 weeks of that teachers were in the school at least a week after the kids are dismissed breaking down thier classrooms, and back and back in school 2 weeks before the kids doing lesson plans, setting up thier rooms and atteending state mandated training...most teachers spend out of pocket between $350-$600 to equip thier classrooms with books and other learniung enrichment tools as well as supplies for satudents who either cannot afford them or have parents who just dont care...... i am a parent in this district and am in the school ALOT volunteering, I also have the unique perspective of having been an employee of the district.I havesen how the admin works, so in this case and for THESE teachers I know what I am talking about. Do you Maggie know anything aboutour district or teachers. I have been without a FT job for 4 yrs and my husband is just going back to FT work after 15 months, we lost our home to foreclosure and now rent in the same district...part of my rent pays PROPERTY TAXES so I am still a vested member of this community.
Louise Reinier August 30, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Free speech is fine as long as you KNOW what you are speaking about, if you have not been to school borard meetings or followed out teachers union site and are NOT informed about this group of teachers issues and what they are asking for then as stated before please don't comment.
Louise Reinier August 30, 2012 at 07:02 PM
oh and YES 95% of our teachers take refresher or continuing education yearly!
Maggie August 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Thank you Louise for the conversation. If these aren't the issues "The two sides are stuck on the issues of salary, insurance, retirement and extra duty payments" Then I appologize for these are the issues I was commenting on. Try as I might, I still can't seem to convince you that anyone can comment on any issue they seem important enough to comment on. As long as it is presented in a respectful manner; and I so hope your teachers are teaching just that. So I am not going to try to sway you any longer. You keep making this issue personal, directed at you as some personal vendetta. May I reitterate it is not. It is about everyone elses pocket books; and you haven't made any convincing case that one persons should become lighter so that another's can become fatter. Your teachers are compensated handsomely. Yes I have associations with a large group of teachers and if they were to take up this issue my response would be the same. I'm sorry.
Maggie August 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Best of luck to your husband and yourself. These are hard times.


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