10/14/07

Teachers strike: No school until further notice

A day into the first teachers’ strike in District 2’s history, there was little indication Friday night that the sides would settle soon. With talks stalled, no plans were made to resume classes Monday. Although representatives for both teachers and administrators have said they were more than willing to talk, no future meeting date had been set as of Friday evening.

District 2 teachers and support staff members began striking Friday morning, canceling classes for about 1,600 students at the district’s three schools. Teachers carried signs that read “On strike for a fair contract” and “We want a fair settlement” in front of Nippersink (IL) Middle School.

“Usually teachers get low salaries and good benefits,” Richmond/Spring Grove Education Association President Denise Gossell said Friday from the picket line. “[But] they want to give us a low salary and no benefits.”

(nwherald.com)

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