Here’s the message from the teachers’ union’s bargaining committee:
“LEAD 300 Members,
“As of 3:15 pm this afternoon, LEAD 300 and the Board’s team have not been able to come to a suitable compromise on both Class Size and Compensation issues. The Board’s team is also unwilling to entertain any alternatives or creative methods to compensate members for overload and/or salary.
“95% of the members at our meeting told us that they would not accept the Board’s proposal as presented. And unfortunately we have not made enough movement from that proposal. At this point, their attorney has left for the evening and is not able to come back until 8:00pm. She has made it clear that even if she does return, we should not expect to see any more movement this evening.
“We must, therefore, take the next step in this incredibly difficult process. As of tomorrow morning, LEAD 300 members are on Strike.
“Members will be contacted by their building strike captains with further instructions.
“Together, in unity, we must take this ultimate step. We must finish this contract negotiation.
“The LEAD 300 Bargaining Team”
You can read a good part of the Administration’s “Final Offer” here.
Here is District 300’s response:
Schools closed Tuesday, Dec. 4; Teachers Union will strike
The following voice mail message was sent by the Board of Education to District 300 parents and staff members at 5:25 p.m. this evening (Monday, Dec. 3, 2012):
“Hello, this is Joe Stevens, member of the District 300 Board of Education and District spokesperson regarding the ongoing negotiations between the Teachers Union, LEAD 300, and the Board of Education.
“Board of Education and LEAD 300 negotiation teams have been meeting since 8 a.m. this morning with the assistance of a federal mediator to discuss outstanding contractual issues.
“After the Board agreed to LEAD’s latest proposal to further reduce class sizes at all grade levels and create class size caps for middle and high school classes, the LEAD team increased its salary proposal by returning to an earlier salary request.
“At this point, the Board has met LEAD’s expectations regarding class sizes, but we have not reached agreement on salaries.
“The LEAD team has advised the Board that they will be going on strike tomorrow, Tuesday, December 4.
“D300 schools will be closed tomorrow, and all school-sponsored events and activities are cancelled.
“The district will enact its plan tomorrow for Emergency Attendance Centers for students who registered in advance to participate. For more information about today’s collective bargaining efforts, please visit d300.org later this evening.”