Monday, October 15, 2012
D300 Teachers Authorize Strike--More Talks Tuesday
Only a simple majority of teachers present at Dundee-Crown High School Sunday, most of the District's 1,300 instructors, was needed to authorize the strike but 97 percent voted for it, according to union officials. It starts the lesser of two Illinois teachers' strike clocks ticking. One part of the Illinois Labor Relations Act won't let teaches walk until 10 days after they authorize a strike. The more important part says, in effect, they can't strike until 28 days after talks have hit an impasse and that hasn't happened yet. In fact, another bargaining session is scheduled Tuesday. "If we begin to see what we need to see we will not go out on strike," Hanetho said.
It still isn't clear what the union wants or what the Board's willing to give. Statements from both sides of the contract talks have been, at best, Delphic. Class size is the general issue mentioned most often by the union. The Board keeps talking about money. In fact, it was a rambling statement about D300's uncertain finances last week that transformed Sunday's scheduled advisory meeting into a strike vote. "My people...took it as a threat," said Hanetho.
The second strike clock would start if or when either side declares an impasse. In that event, within a week, each side would be forced to disclose details of both its final offer and how much it would actually cost.
In the pic: LEAD 300 teachers headed home Sunday with new union T-shirts after voting to authorize a strike if talks on a new contract break down.