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Day One of D-300 Teacher Strike

LEAD 300 union hopes strike won't be long.

Teachers in District 300 will head to the picket lines instead of their classrooms as LEAD 300 union officials hope it will be a short strike.

“I feel we are pretty close,” said Mike Williamson, LEAD spokesman. “I’m not sure they feel the same way. We’d like them to come and meet with us and quickly resolve this. Hopefully we won’t be out long.”

Picket lines will be set up at the district’s high schools, including Jacobs High School in Algonquin and the district’s administrative offices in Carpentersville, he said.

The outstanding issue is class size and compensation. There was some agreement on a size cap at the high school and middle school grades, but it was not close enough to get LEAD 300 members to ratify a contract, Williamson said.

No further bargaining sessions were scheduled as of late Monday.

Williamson worked on the last teachers contract and both sides were able to resolve the issues to avoid a strike.

“This one didn’t seem to have an immediacy on the board’s part to avoid this,” he said. “It’s disheartening.”

“We are all very surprised, this whole process has been about them not moving and grudgingly making movements,” Williamson said, adding the district agreed Monday to one term that had been discussed months ago and could’ve been resolved sooner.

Meanwhile, District 300 has instituted its Emergency Attendance Centers for students who registered in advance to participate. The centers will be set up at Carpentersville Middle School, Dundee Middle School and Hampshire Middle School. Daycare would be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The village of Lake in the Hills also is offering daycare. The daycare will be available from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at village hall, 600 Harvest Gate, and the cost is $25 per day for LITH residents and $30 per day for non-residents for your first child. The second child will be $22.50 a day for residents and $27 for non-residents.

Those interested in LITH daycare can call 847-960-7460 for more information or to register. 

Nucky Thompson December 09, 2012 at 06:32 PM
dam jeff these idiots are really obsessed with you. I have a small part time business that me and my wife work at I guess I better check with Rob first to make sure its ok!
Rob December 13, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Yeah Nucky that's fine, thanks for asking! I was wondering because I see a lot of your posts and seemed funny that someone as accomplished as you would be so childish with their posts and opinions. We actually agree on 90% of our views, it's ashame that you can't argue as well as you sling the bs. I do enjoy reading the posts, do you and Nucky ever hit the stage together? Seems to me like Nucky is Abbott and you are Costello. Perhaps, if you associated with better people, you would learn to win your arguments instead of just sounding like a child. It doesn't help our side at all.
Nucky Thompson December 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Childish? You asked someone for a time line on their career? Wow! Yeah we do work the same stage together right before your mom performs we have to install the tripple heavy duty brass pole for her show!
Rob December 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
LOL...you must work with Rickles too...really old material. Pretty funny stuff in back in Middle School. I asked because I was interested in his background, because we have very similar views and opinions. No concern of yours, I'm not trying to steal your only friend Nucky.
Nucky Thompson December 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I will agree.. Rickles is fun however you will never be. Yeah I'm on patch trying to make friends! lol I take it back you are funny! Fucking loser! lol

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