The Role of Teacher Union Lobbyists in the Pension Debacle

The Southtown has a Phil Kadner column about the negative effects (more later than soon) of shifting the burden of paying teacher pensions from State government to local school districts. He missed one aspect that some may find significant.  I … Continue reading

District 300 Board and Teachers’ Union Ratify New Three-Year Contract

Below is a press release from District 300 about the ratification of the contract that came about after a one-day teachers strike. If you would like to read highlights I picked out of the over 100-page contract, including salary information … Continue reading

The New District 300 Teachers’ Contract – Highlights

Today, Carpentersville District 300 teachers were voting on whether to ratify the contract recently negotiated by the LEAD300 union folks and the school board. You can read the entire contract here, complete with red color to indicate last minute changes. … Continue reading

District 300 Strike Ended after One Day

A robo-call from District 300 Board member Joe Stevens tonight announced the settlement of the LEAD300 teachers union strike: “Good evening. This is Joe Stevens, member of the District 300 Board of Education and District spokesperson regarding the ongoing negotiations … Continue reading

District 300 Picket Sign Suggestions

A comment from a previous article included these emailed suggestions for picket signs: Hi all: Make signs at warming center on your breaks1. Students First, NOT ADM 2. $ 6 million WASTED on ADM per year 3. Teacher concessions $3.4 … Continue reading

District 300 Issues Summary of School Strike from Its Point of View

And, here it is: “The District 300 Board of Education and LEAD 300 negotiation teams met from 8 a.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 3), with the assistance of a federal mediator, to discuss outstanding contractual issues. The … Continue reading

District 300 Makes Final Offer

Here’s the first twelve pages of the District 300 School Board’s Final Office to it teachers union, called LEAD300.   If you want to read the whole 69-page document, here it is: Introduction and Summary of Final Offer The Board … Continue reading

District 300 Offer to Teachers That Was Rejected by Their Union

Here’s what’s on the District 300 web site: This synopsis is not inclusive of the full Board proposal, but attempts to highlight the major issues discussed during negotiations and recent mediation sessions. Elementary Class Size Proposal: The Board agrees with … Continue reading

BGA Rolls Out State and Local Government Pension Data Base, Downstate Police & Fire Missing

An email arrived from the Better Government Association’s Andy Shaw. It announces the unveiling of its data base of state and local governmental pensions. “We’ve updated the BGA Payroll Database of 500,000 government workers with 2012 numbers and, for the first time, … Continue reading