Cary Teachers Ask for Pressure on School Board — 13 Comments

  1. I wonder if the union chose red as a shout out to the communists, or perhaps to symbolize the red ink that they create in state and local budgets?

    Either way, it’s an entirely appropriate color for a teachers’ union.

  2. Isn’t red more in line with the Commies ?

    Not a good choice of color.

  3. The color was chosen by television folks.

    Couldn’t have the Dems having the color the Communists claimed.

    In Great Britain the color of the Conservative Party is blue.

  4. I am confused…if I have ED I am supposed to wear red…so everyone will know?

    I only wear R.E.D. On Fridays……………Remember.Everyone.Deployed

  5. Wear Red for Ed is silly at best.

    A stunt that an eighth grader could have devised.

  6. Are the Cary teachers really that concerned about Erectile Dysfunction?

  7. Per comments and replies on the Cary Education Association Facebook site, the District and Union negotiating teams signed the contract at 2AM Friday October 26th, followed by a union rank and file vote on Monday night October 29.

    Since the District and Union are still in negotiations, the union rank and file did not ratify that contract?

    That’s from a November 2 4:31 post, click on comments and then replies.

    The URL is not a typo.

    The CEA misspelled Association.

    That same posts refers to a Northwest Herald article.

    “Here is an article from the Northwest Herald about our contract which is still under negotiation.”

    But below that is a bold statement “Press Release” and under that is “” and the link is to an IEA press release…not a Northwest Herald article.

  8. A note about “signed the contract” in the previous post.

    As indicated in the link, the District and Union likely tentatively agreed to the contract.

    Are there signatures when a District and Union tentatively agree to a contract?

    Often even after the Board and Union negotiators agree, and the union ratifies, and the Board approves at a Board meeting, the contract is still tentative for sometimes months until the two sides hash out the final details.

    It is a screwed up process in many ways.

    The Board should not approve an agreement that is not final.

    And if the rank and file union members get to vote, the rank and file taxpayers should get to vote.

  9. The Cary District 26 Board of Education Finance Committee has a meeting at 6PM on Monday November 12, 2018 at Cary Junior High School, 2109 Crystal Lake Road, Cary.

    The meeting is open to the public.

    The following discussion items are on the agenda:

    3.1 Review of Bills (attachment on website)

    3.2 Treasurer’s Report (attachment on website)

    3.3 Resolution to Restrict and Transfer Funds

    3.4 Resolution to Abate 1% Loss in Collections

    3.5 Property Tax Relief Grant Program

    3.6 T.I.F. Report


    Effective this school year, the Principal of Cary Junior High School is Dr. Kimberly Qualls.

    Prior to that she was a teacher and then Principal in Alden Hebron School District 19.

    Dr. Qualls was elected to the McHenry Elementary School District 15 school board on April 4, 2017.

    A note in the P-Card Expenses in the Review of Bills states she reimbursed the district $36.98 for inadvertent Amazon purchases.


    Now is a good time for Cary District 26 taxpayers to get attend board committee and regular board meetings, as it is in their best interest to have a counter to the teacher union members who will be attending.

    The largest portion of property taxes is devoted to the local preschool – high school district.

    The largest school district expense is for teachers.

    The largest portion of the teacher cost is derived from teacher collective bargaining agreement.

    The teacher collective bargaining agreement is currently being negotiated in Cary District 26.

    The current collective bargaining agreement is on the district website.

  10. The Cary District 26 school board has a meeting 7PM on Monday November 19, 2018 at Cary Jr High School, 2109 Crystal Lake Road, Cary.

    Get there early for a seat, assuming the board and administration will still be in negotiations with the teacher union. > Board of Education > BoE Meeting Schedule.

    An agenda will be posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.


    Most of the time when the Board and Union are in contentious negotiations, the school board meetings are an eye opener.

    Most school board meetings are incredibly boring at one time or another…bring something to keep yourself occupied.


    Here is the link to the current collective bargaining agreements in Cary District 26.

    The CEA is the teacher union.

    The CESPA is the support staff union. > Board of Education > Negotiated Contracts


    The key document for understanding changes from one collective bargaining agreement to another is the change documents.

    This is sometimes called a redline document.

    The change document will have, for example, underline text for additions, and stricken text for deletions.

    These changes are sometimes in red ink, hence the redline document name.

    It is very rare to see a school district to post that change document before or after it is ratified by the union and signed by the Board.

    One typically has to submit a FOIA request for the document, and describe it in the terms outlined above.

    And even then, it will typically be released only after the board and union have signed the agreement, as the district sometimes claims it is “forward looking.”

    They can release it, but typically don’t want to.

    It is very strange logic if one wants to be transparent to taxpayers, as the teacher collective bargaining agreement is the single most important document to control costs in most school districts.

    As has been said many times, if the rank and file union members are allowed to ratify a collective bargaining agreement, then the rank and file taxpayers should at least be allowed to look at it, and also to vote on it.

    Right now it is an opaque uneven playing field favoring the public sector union over taxpayers.


    Another oddity in teacher contract negotiations is the board and union will also “tentatively agree” on a contract, not release the contract to taxpayers, then continue to negotiate in secret, often for months.

    And often there is no formal notification to the public when the document is finalized.

    An no notification to the public on what has changed since the document was tentatively agreed upon.

    Which is not surprising since the public usually doesn’t know exactly what was tentatively agreed on in the first place.

    It would be difficult to create a more rigged system.

    The state law and local school board policy and practice regarding this process is rigged to favor the union in just about ever district.


    The Cary District 26 school board does have some taxpayer friendly members.

    Note the school board members are unpaid volunteers.

    They are the only non compensated members of teacher union contract negotiations (in some school districts, no board members are even on the negotiation team).

    The administration, outside counsel to the school district, teachers, and teacher union employees (employed by the union not the school district) are all compensated employees.

    The state union (IEA) has full time staff with expertise in negotiation teacher union contracts.

    The equivalent on the taxpayer side is the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) and other associations that represent school district administrators, collectively known as the management alliance.

    The IEA has sophisticated tools to assist them in negotiations, such as a database of union contracts.

    Haven’t heard of anything on the management alliance side which rivals the IEA teacher union database.

    The IEA union also has what is called a UniServ Director who is a paid union employee (employed by the union not school district) who devotes themselves to union matters, including collective bargaining.

    Cary District 26 is in IEA Region 23.

    The office for IEA Region 23 is in Elgin.

    That’s a union office.

    In many IEA Regions, that’s where the union interviews school board candidates.

    In that office is an IEA UniServ employee for Region 23.

    Again one of a UniServ Director’s responsibilities is negotiating union contracts.

    That’s a just a little about how these teacher union negotiations are structured.

    There’s also the IELRA (Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act) which is state law about public sector education labor, meaning public sector unions in public schools.

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