Friday, September 14, 2012
Teachers Reject Proposed D158 Contract
HEA President Julie McLaughlin said wouldn't say Thursday why teachers rejected the accord. "We're going to keep tight-lipped," she said. "We're not going to negotiate in the newspapers," said McLaughlin, possibly harking to a 2008 Distict strike in which both sides leveled the charge.
D158 Board Vice President Don Drzal couldn't say what the problem was either. "They haven't told us yet," he said. Drzal's heading contract talks for the Board since President Mike Skala is married to a District teacher and recused himself. The day for the next negotiating session hasn't been set yet, Drzal said.
Negotiators called for a State mediator last month but canceled the request last week when they reached the agreement which union members rejected. McLaughlin said she thought a new one could be reached soon. "We're not at an impasse," she said.
The District's negotiations are happening now in the shadow of an increasingly bitter teachers' strike in Chicago but Drzal said there was really no comparison between the two. "They've got more school buildings than we've got teachers," he said.
McLaughlin said another difference was, "Teachers will continue to educate the students of 158."