Saturday, January 20, 2018

West Chicago District 94 teachers close to strike

An impasse in contract talks was declared last week by teachers in West Chicago CHSD 94, a move that could pave the way for a strike as early as February.

Negotiations between the local teachers’ union and the board have stretched on for nearly two years as the two sides remained far apart on contract terms.

The union filed notice with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board on January 10, just hours after a bargaining session, and met with the school board again on January 16.

Both sides are expected to exchange final contract offers within the week as a result of the declared impasse. They are scheduled to meet again on January 22 and 30.

Bargaining teams have been unable to reach a deal after more than two dozen formal sessions and 11 subcommittee meetings that began in April 2016. The West Chicago Teachers Association represents 141 employees in District 94.

The high school serves about 2,100 students from Carol Stream, West Chicago, and Winfield.

More information may soon be available from the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB), which collects public postings for education-related final offers. Past IELRB postings can be accessed here.