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LFEA and the Board of Education Fail to Reach an Agreement

Lake Forest High School strike will continue into third day on Friday.

Despite nearly seven and a half hours of negotiation, the Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) and the District 115 Board of Education failed to reach an agreement on Thursday to end its .

The Board and the union did agree to submit the two-tiered salary schedule to a board and faculty committee, and they also agreed to ease in the HMO insurance change, the board said in a statement. However, the sides could not agree on a salary increase. 

Tom Gigiano, LFEA lead negotiator, said in a statement Thursday evening: "We are disappointed in the Board, but hope that we can come to a fair and equitable contract soon and get back to teaching. We know that you have heard this before, but again, again, the LFEA made a new financial offer, and again, the evening ended with no change in the proposal from the Board."

The statement also said that before the collective bargaining session began, Board Vice President Jim Carey allegedly told a group of teachers demonstrating outside, "Keep your signs, guys." 

At the time of publication, the Board did not immediately respond to a question about Carey's alleged comments.

Board President Sharon Golan said in an issued statement Thursday evening: "We are deeply disappointed by the Union's unrealistic expectations regarding salaries. Our offer keeps us highly competitive and fiscally responsible to the community we serve."  

The LFEA and the Board will resume negotiations at 9 a.m. Friday. 

Jeff September 16, 2012 at 01:52 AM
This is not the real issue
Jeff September 16, 2012 at 01:54 AM
If youre so good with number ps good google the average salary of professionals with a masters and two decades experience at a job Seriously, find me one example that consistnantku pays under 50,000
Stevie Janowski September 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Will way to be a buzz kill about the terms of use. Grow up, who cares if I call out a teacher now and then. Call it as I see it. Your out
Me September 17, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Hopefully the striking teachers are reading this blog and are understanding how ill-advised a decision them made when they were coerced by their union bosses to strike. I do believe that most teachers in 115 have their hearts in the right place. Given the opportunity to turn back the clock, many of them would recast their votes but this time against the strike and they would be at school doing what they do best. There is still time for them to recapture some of the goodwill of the community. It is as simple as getting up on Monday morning and going to work. Once you have released your hostages the community will be ready to move forward with you and pay you a very generous salary with generous annual increases. Remember that most of us don't have a benefits package that is anywhere near what you have. Thus, when you ask for even more, you are going to touch a nerve. Lets start over and stop this now while there is a chance at a good relationship.
Lennie Jarratt September 17, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I agree that most teachers were not given all the facts before the strike vote or the union bosses held the vote in open instead of a secret ballot. This makes it hard for the rank & file teachers to against the vote. I've seen this over and over again where the union bosses bully the rank and file teachers into a strike even though most don't want it. The teachers are really victims themselves of their own union. They too though, must learn to stand up to the bullies until this madness stops.

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