CHICAGO (CBS) — Classes have been canceled for roughly 2,500 students in the northwest suburbs, after teachers in McHenry Community High School District 156 went on strike overnight.
Contract talks with the district broke down just after 1 a.m. Thursday, following about six hours of last-ditch negotiations.READ MORE: Chicagoans React To President Biden' Plan To Tackle The City's Gun Probem
Approximately 160 teachers and support staff began picketing around 6:45 a.m. outside McHenry East and McHenry West high schools.READ MORE: Minooka Community High School District 111 And Stanley Fabian Come To Agreement On Lawsuit
Heidie Dunn, spokeswoman for the McHenry Community High School Educators’ Association, said it’s the first teachers strike for District 156 since 1985.MORE NEWS: Tornado Victims Displaced Having Trouble Finding New Housing In Post Pandemic Era
The two sides have been negotiating since March, and began Wednesday’s session far apart on two major issues — pay and insurance benefits.