CHICAGO (CBS) — Teachers at four schools in the northwest suburbs have gone on strike, after last ditch negotiations broke down overnight.
Classes at Prospect Heights School District 23 have been canceled for at least the next two days, after the union and the school board could not agree on a new contract. Teachers walked out around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, starting the first teachers strike in the district’s history.READ MORE: Elderly Cab Driver Shot In Roseland Carjacking
Approximately 150 teachers walked the picket line outside District 23 headquarters on Wednesday, as they began a strike that – at this point – appears as if it will last at least two days.
Eleventh hour negotiations broke off early Wednesday morning, with both sides still far apart. The main sticking point has been teacher salaries.
“We put across a proposal to the board, at which time we were anticipating a return proposal. They responded with no comments, no response, which then told us that our night was over,” said Bob Miller, president of the teachers union, the Prospect Heights Education Association.
The union said teachers wanted to return to the negotiating table anytime Wednesday, but the school board said it would not be available, so classes will be cancelled Thursday as well.