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D218 Calls Special Meeting Over Teacher Contract Negotiations

High School District 218 is facing a tough round of negotiations with teachers over a new contract agreement. The board will discuss the matter further at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Teachers in have a contract that is set to expire on Aug. 20 and rounds of negotiations have failed to produce an agreement both sides are willing to accept. 

The D218 Board of Education has called a special emergency meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m at the district's in Oak Lawn. The only item on the agenda is the teacher contract.

The board will likely spend most of the meeting in closed session with possible action set to occur.

Last week, Superintendent Dr. John Byrne outlined the boards arguments against the terms currently proposed by the teachers' union.  

As with most negotiations, salary and health care costs are the sticking points. The last offers had the district proposing salary increases of 2.5 percent a year for four years. The teachers' terms would result in raises totaling 15.44 percent over four years, Byrne said. 

Both sides are confident that school for the district's will start on time. 

UPDATE: Byrne says that Tuesday's meeting will likely result only in the board giving the administration direction and authority to continue with the process.

The vibe he has received from teachers is that all parties want school to start as scheduled, Byrne said.  

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fyiOakLawn August 07, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Well Mom, it looks like you are in the minority and clueless.
StevenJ August 08, 2012 at 04:21 AM
As a resident of D218, we need to be aware of the whole picture. Looking at an article in the Souhtown entitled "Top-paid teachers: Blue-collar suburbs offer blue-chip pay" puts forth a message that does not even mention our home district. Maybe this says something of why there is a discussion about a new contract? Wouldn't we want to hire and retain highly qualified teachers, and not lose them? The idea, "what you put in is what you get out", I would think these ideas should have the community stand with the people who stand in front of our kids each day!
R.E. Former August 09, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Mom, in her two posts regarding the above article, has said nothing directly or indirectly related to the scheduled emergency meeting of the D218 School Board, the stalemate between the two parties, or the good of the students. She does not contribute to help readers better understand the issues. Instead, she said the union babies are crying again. She laments that Illinois does not have a Scott walker. And given her extensive background in political and presidential history, she thinks President Obama is the worst thing that ever happened to our "Free Country". If Mom works a 40 hour week and is paid overtime for anything over that, she can thank the Unions. If Mom gets paid vacation and/or sick leave, she can thank the unions, even if she is not represented by one. Private sector employers will offer benefits similar to union benefits to discourage employees from leaving or organizing. If Mom were in a union, she would pay much less than $800 per month for health insurance. If Mom doesn't get a raise for another 5 years, she certainly can't blame the unions. Maybe she can thank Scott Walker???
R.E. Former August 09, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Getting back to this article, the timing of the emergency Board meeting is interesting. Just a week to 10 days ago, the handful of top administrative negotiators seemed to be confident in declaring a final best offer, almost daring the teachers to threaten a strike. But since then, in the course of the blogging discourse that followed, much new information was revealed and shared regarding Board actions, administrative benefits, backroom deals, and current issues. Suddenly the Board wants to meet, even though the administration had not responded to any of the dates that the Union offered for meeting. Wouldn't suprize me if by this time tomorrow, we read of a tentative agreement between the parties.
Waiting August 09, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Burt has been busy in Homer.

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