District 300 explains where things stand in its negotiations with its teachers’ union:
As a means of keeping Community Unit School District 300 families and community members informed, we will post information on our website in the form of Questions and Answers. Regular updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Q: The teachers union has declared impasse. What does this mean?
A: On Monday, November 5, 2012, the Board of Education learned that the teachers union, Local Education Association of District 300 (LEAD 300), declared impasse. The fact that the teachers union has declared impasse suggests they have concluded that negotiations are deadlocked.
Q: If the teachers decide to strike, when will that happen?
A: The timeline below is our best estimate based on the information currently available and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act requirements. The Board of Education and D300 Administration are committed to working with the teachers union to come to a fair and financially responsible settlement, which may impact the following dates:
1. Monday, November 5, 2012 – LEAD 300 declared impasse
2. Monday, November 12, 2012 – Final offers to be exchanged
Within seven days after the declaration of impasse, both the Board of Education and LEAD 300 must submit their final offers – including a cost summary – to each other, the mediator, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) 115 ILCS 5/12(a-5)(2).
3. Monday, November 19, 2012 – Final offers to be made public
Seven days after receipt of those final offers, assuming no settlement has been reached, the IELRB will make the final offers public, including the cost summaries, by posting them on its website: http://www2.illinois.gov/elrb/Pages/default.aspx 115 ILCS 5/12(a-5)(2).
4. Monday, December 3, 2012 – First day teachers could engage in a strike
Once final offers are posted on the IELRB website, at least fourteen days must elapse before LEAD 300 may engage in a strike. Please note that it is not a requirement that LEAD 300 actually engage in a strike, only that this is the first day that the union may legally do so. 115 ILCS 5/13(b)(2).
*If LEAD 300 does intend to engage in a strike, its leadership would have to provide the District at least 10 days written notice of its intent to strike. 115 ILCS 5/14(b)(3).