“Last year I was amazed that we avoided it,” said Supt. John Burkey.
“This year it just caught up with us.”
He slammed a three-year union contract now ending that he said included a more than 5 percent raise this year “while everyone else only got 1.7 percent.”
So I asked a participant with a long memory, a member of the board negotiating team in fact, Larry Snow, what he remember about how contract negotiations went before and during the Huntley Education Association’s strike.
Here is his reply:
“The 158 board voted on a last, best and final offer that had teachers’ salaries for years 2 and 3 determined by a cost of living increase formula.
“With Supt. John Burkey’s nod of approval, board members Tony Quagliano, Kevin Gentry and Kim Skaja voted to reverse the board’s vote, as Board President Shawn Green literally was a no-show at the final negotiation meetings.
“This made it a 3 – 2 vote in caucus to toss aside a decision to have teachers’ salaries in years 2 and 3 track a cost of living index.
“The union didn’t care that overspending might cause future deficits and cause teachers to be laid off in the future.
“Huntley teachers should only look to their own union officials for striking, now causing deficits and teacher layoffs.
“Teacher greed means teachers who aren’t tenured are the ones that are laid off and they are not a union vote majority.”
Want some history?
Here it is: