Lake Forest Teachers’ Strike Continues; Talks Underway In Highland Park
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Teachers at Lake Forest High School remain on strike this Friday morning, and classes are again cancelled.
But as WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, both sides continue to talk.
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Teachers and administrators negotiated until 9:20 p.m. Thursday. They are set to resume talks Thursday morning.
The teachers went on strike on Wednesday.
The main concerns have been salary relations and a proposed restructuring of the salary schedule.
Teachers say they accepted a pay freeze last year due to the down economy, and now they say the school board is trying to lock in those sacrifices by creating a two-tiered system of hiring in which new teachers won’t be paid at the same rate as current employees.
About 80 Lake Forest teachers earn more than $100,000 a year, in a town with a median household income that’s about twice that. But union spokesman Chuck Gress said the new hires start at $50,000, and have much less opportunity for big pay raises.
Teachers are expected back on the picket lines at Lake Forest High School Friday morning.
Meanwhile in Highland Park, a federal mediator is leading negotiations between teachers and school board members for North Shore District 112.
Talks are set to resume Oct. 4. Teachers have been without a contract since late August, and last week, teachers gave negotiators the authority to announce a strike.