Waukegan Public School District 60
When it snows — as it did Monday night and Tuesday morning — and when temperatures are expected to be brutally cold, school administrators across the Chicago area have a big decision to make: whether to call off school.
Negotiators for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 and the Waukegan Teachers’ Council met for nearly 14 hours Wednesday before coming to an agreement.
The mayor of Waukegan was calling on a local school board member to resign, after she screamed at parents and teachers during a raucous public meeting regarding the ongoing teachers’ strike, prompting the board to call an abrupt halt to the meeting.
Negotiators return to the table at 10 a.m. Monday in search of a breakthrough in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60. Classes remain cancelled.
For much of the day Tuesday, Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 chief negotiator Tony Ficarelli said he believed that progress was being made in talks with the Lake County Federation of Teachers, but in the end it proved to be a mirage.
As a teachers’ strike in north suburban Waukegan stretches into its seventh day, the threat of a strike in west suburban Hinsdale has ended, after teachers reached a tentative contract agreement with the school district.
When teachers for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 walked off the job one week ago, the district stopped paying their insurance premiums. The district gave teachers the option of continuing their coverage by paying 100 percent of their own premiums.
Teachers and school district officials in Waukegan planned to meet on Monday in an effort to reach a contract agreement that would end a strike entering its third day.
Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 said in a message on its website that there would be no classes on Friday. Teachers went on strike Thursday morning after the district and the Lake County Federation of Teachers failed to come to terms on a contract.
Teachers in one of the state’s largest school districts have gone on strike, after contract talks stalled in north suburban Waukegan.
With Monday likely to be the hottest day of the year so far, many schools that have already started the new school year have adjusted their schedules to get kids out of class early.
With possible record-breaking heat on Tuesday, many local schools were planning to send kids home early, while others were closing altogether.