Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Total of three teacher strikes this year

There have been three Illinois school strikes to date in the 2015-2016 school year, and at least one more could be on the horizon, according to data provided by the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.

Apparently the only currently active intent-to-strike notice is in Lake Villa CCSD 41, where 94 percent of the union’s membership voted to authorize a possible strike earlier this month. Contract talks, underway since May, have included five sessions with a federal mediator.

The longest and most recent school strike this year occurred in East St. Louis SD 189. It involved 400 teachers, clerical workers, psychologists, etc., in a work action that began Oct. 1 and ended Oct. 30. An eight-day work stoppage involving 165 educators ended Oct. 9 in McHenry CHSD 156. That was preceded by a 12-day strike that ended Sep. 26 in Prospect Heights SD 23 and involved 150 teachers and non-certified staff.

Illinois has recorded only 16 school strikes since 2010, with eight of those occurring in 2012.