District 155 Email to Parents Says Teachers Offers 5% over Three Years, But Asks Teachers to Pay More of Pension Cost

An email to parents of District 155 students: Dear Parents: Today, the District 155 board of education submitted its final offer to the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB) for public display on its website. As I am sure you … Continue reading

Cary Grade School District 26’s Stand on Pension Reform

Taken from a statement from the Cary Elementary School Board:.  Considering House Speaker Mike Madigan is insistent on transferring teacher pension costs to local taxpayers and this is the last week of the legislative session before extraordinary majorities are required, … Continue reading

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

What is the Effect of Having Taxpayers Pick Up Teachers’ Pension Payment, plus the Employers’ Side?

The Daily Herald has figured out what the late former Huntley School Board member Larry Snow discovered in May two years ago. Taxpayers pick up the bulk, if not all, of the teachers’ side of pension payments to the Illinois … 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