A press release from the District 300 School Board:
BOARD RESPONDS TO TEACHERS UNION IMPASSE
On Monday, November 5, 2012, LEAD 300 declared impasse in collective bargaining.
By definition, the declaration of impasse implies that the teachers union is not moving from their current bargaining position and believes that the parties have exhausted the prospects of reaching an agreement.
The Board of Education and District administration are disappointed that LEAD 300 has reached this conclusion; we believe the parties were making significant progress in the effort to reduce class size and improve teachers’ working environment.
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.
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.
According to the President of the Board of Education, Anne Miller, “The Board is dedicated to negotiating a contract that is good for students, fair for teachers and fiscally responsible to our community. It is our sincere hope that a strike will be averted.
“We are fortunate to have a caring, competent and highly qualified staff.”
Given today’s economic environment, the Board has offered a strong salary and benefit package to its employees with the knowledge that the fiscal strength of the District is in the best interests of its students, its employees and its taxpayers.
The Board will continue to work within the parameters set forth to achieve an agreement with LEAD 300. Updates on progress will be provided on the district website at www.d300.org.
At 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Board forwarded its final offer to LEAD 300.
Major components of the Board’s package proposal include
- salary, insurance, retirement, and extra pay;
- elementary class size;
- high school schedule and teacher load;
- issues related to education services (special education);
- teacher plan time;
- teacher arrival and departure time; and
- other issues related to working conditions.
A synopsis of the full Board proposal is available on the district website at www.d300.org.
According to Board of Education Spokesperson, Joe Stevens, “We believe we were making good progress to address the union’s top priorities including class size and working conditions. Now that the union has declared impasse, we are waiting to receive their final proposal to resume future negotiations.”