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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Negotiations To Resume In ESL Teachers’ Strike, While Alton Teachers Approve Strike Notice

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Negotiations To Resume In ESL Teachers’ Strike, While Alton Teachers Approve Strike Notice

East St. Louis, IL  (KTRS)  Negotiations are expected to resume in the East St. Louis teachers’ strike that has idled more than six-thousand students since the start of October. School district officials and union leaders are scheduled to meet Thursday afternnon after failing to reach an agreement during a ten-hour session on Tuesday. Seven other […]

Negotiations To Resume In ESL Teachers’ Strike, While Alton Teachers Approve Strike Notice

East St. Louis, IL  (KTRS)  Negotiations are expected to resume in the East St. Louis teachers’ strike that has idled more than six-thousand students since the start of October.

School district officials and union leaders are scheduled to meet Thursday afternnon after failing to reach an agreement during a ten-hour session on Tuesday. Seven other negotiating sessions also ended without a deal.

The teachers went on strike after union members rejected a tentative deal to give each teacher a one-time payment of $2,000 and modest raises, but also nearly doubling the amount of time before a teacher would qualify for a top-scale salary, to 21 years.

The district, which has been under state control since 2011 because of its poor performance, says it needs to save $10 million over the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, teachers in another metro-east school district could be headed to the picket lines. Teachers in the Alton School District voted to reject the School Board’s latest contract offer. This was followed by a ten-day strike notice.

The two sides plan to meet with a federal mediator.

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