WBEZ | teacher strike http://www.wbez.org/tags/teacher-strike Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Deal in West Chicago ends teacher strike http://www.wbez.org/news/deal-west-chicago-ends-teacher-strike-105398 <p><p>WEST CHICAGO, Ill. &mdash; Classes are back on for about 4,000 students in West Chicago after a tentative agreement ended a teachers strike in the Chicago suburb.</p><p>Officials with West Chicago Elementary District 33 started calling parents overnight to let them know that classes would resume Thursday after a three-day strike.</p><p>About 280 teachers began the walkout Monday after more than 17 months of negotiations failed to reach an agreement. The district includes six elementary schools, a preschool and a middle school.</p><p>Negotiators aren&#39;t yet disclosing details of the tentative agreement. They reached the deal early Thursday after nearly 12 hours of talks with a federal mediator. Salaries and health insurance costs were among the main sticking points.</p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 08:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/deal-west-chicago-ends-teacher-strike-105398 Strike cancels classes in northern Illinois district http://www.wbez.org/news/strike-cancels-classes-northern-illinois-district-104954 <p><p>GRAYSLAKE, Ill. &mdash; Thousands of students in northern Illinois won&#39;t be in school after teachers went out on strike.</p><p>The strike beginning Wednesday involves about 4,000 elementary and middle school students in Community Consolidated School District 46, which serves Grayslake, Round Lake, Lake Villa and several other communities in suburban Chicago.</p><p>Superintendent Ellen Correll says negotiators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday. Jim Pergander of the Lake County Federation of Teachers says the talks stalled over pay.</p><p>District 46 teachers currently earn an average of $57,000 per year.</p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/strike-cancels-classes-northern-illinois-district-104954 Suburban Chicago teachers file intent to strike http://www.wbez.org/news/suburban-chicago-teachers-file-intent-strike-104547 <p><p>WEST CHICAGO, Ill. &mdash; Teachers in a suburban Chicago school district have given notice they could strike as early as Jan. 7.</p><p>The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights <a href="http://bit.ly/U3FwkR" target="_blank">reports</a> teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 voted earlier this month to file their intent to strike. The paperwork was filed Friday.</p><p>A union official said teachers had been hopeful they could reach a compromise with the school board over key issues, particularly regarding health insurance premiums. But she said no compromise had been reached as of this week.</p><p>The school board president said the district must cap the amount it pays for health insurance in order to balance the budget.</p><p>The two sides also have disagreed on salary and class sizes.</p><p>Jan. 7 would be students&#39; first day of school following the holiday break.</p></p> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/suburban-chicago-teachers-file-intent-strike-104547 Emanuel defends trip to Charlotte while teachers strike looms http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/emanuel-defends-trip-charlotte-while-teachers-strike-looms-102195 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rahmDNC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending his decision to go to Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention instead of negotiating with teachers in Chicago.</p><p>Following his address to the full DNC <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/dnc-emanuel-seeks-revive-excitement-obama-102170">on Tuesday night</a>, Emanuel riled up the Illinois delegation in a raucous speech Wednesday morning.</p><p>But after his speech, Emanuel was swarmed by Chicago media. He said his aides are negotiating with the Chicago Teachers Union, even though he&rsquo;s in Charlotte.</p><p>&quot;The president and his team asked me to come and speak. I&rsquo;m going to be here,&quot; he said. &quot;I don&rsquo;t think the 36 hours - we miss a beat.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, the Chicago negotiations are being watched on a broader scale even by those not directly involved. Cinda Klickna&rsquo;s in Charlotte representing the Illinois Education Association.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s comforting to be here and hear support for unions so I hope that that can be brought into Chicago because what happens in Chicago affects the rest of us, too,&quot; she said.</p><p>Emanuel is expected to arrive back in Chicago later Wednesday in the evening.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/emanuel-defends-trip-charlotte-while-teachers-strike-looms-102195 Rockford schools strike continues into second day http://www.wbez.org/story/rockford-schools-strike-continues-second-day-97755 <p><p>Planned auditions for students interested in attending the Rockford School District's Creative and Performing Arts program have been canceled due to the teachers' strike.</p><p>Auditions were scheduled for Friday and Saturday will be rescheduled once the district finalizes a labor agreement with its teachers.</p><p>About 1,500 members of the Rockford Education Association decided to go on strike after negotiations failed to result in a deal.</p><p>Efforts to agree on a new contract have been under way since April. Teachers and administrators have been working under terms of an expired contract since July 1.</p><p>Union president Karen Bieschke says negotiations have been hampered by disagreements over language in the contract.</p><p>While interim School Superintendent Robert Willis says he is disappointed the sides haven't reach agreement, he suggests they weren't far apart.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rockford-schools-strike-continues-second-day-97755