Tuesday, January 17, 2017

School strike averted in Quincy

The Quincy SD 172 Board of Education negotiates
with teacher and support union representatives Jan. 10.
Plans by Quincy SD 172 teachers and support personnel to go on strike on Tuesday, Jan. 17 were nixed, pending ratification of a tentative settlement reached over the weekend. No details have been released of the agreement, which was reportedly reached during four hours of talks on Saturday.

There has not been a teacher strike during the 2016-17 school year, although a total of 14 districts have been through the process of public posting of offers with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Work stoppages were narrowly averted by contract agreements reached in Chicago Public Schools 299 on Oct. 11, 2016, and in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 on Dec. 2, 2016.

The last school strike in Illinois occurred April 1, 2016 in Chicago, involving the 27,000-member Chicago Teachers Union and the 400,000-student Chicago District 299. The one-day strike over teacher funds was also meant to call attention to the need for increased state funding.

The most recent posting involves the Byron Community School District 226 and the Byron Education Association. That notice was filed Jan. 10. The two sides are still meeting regularly in the Byron contract talks, with the next negotiating session set for next month. The complete list of such public postings can be viewed here.