EP Students Join Teachers On Picket Line

Striking Evergreen Park teachers and paraprofessionals receive support from students and local VIPs.

There was no school on Tuesday for 1,800 public school students from Evergreen Park as teachers and paraprofessionals walked the picket line on the first day of the first strike in Dist. 124’s history.

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Some D124 elementary school students joined their teachers on the picket lines making signs and helping union members keep up the steady stream of chanting, circling and waving strike signs at traffic along 95th Street.

The Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers seemed to be in for the long haul, dragging out camping chairs and coolers filled with bottled water as they formed a picket line in front of Central Junior High School at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Throughout the day, teachers’ union members posted photos of State Rep. Kelly Burke (36th District) and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis visiting the picket lines on the union’s Facebook page. Burke, who lives in Evergreen Park, also dropped off food and drinks for the strikers.

Read Patch's ongoing strike coverage:

  • D124 Plays Hardball With EP Teachers Union
  • Strike On: EP Teachers Walk Picket Line
  • Last Chance for EP Teachers and D124 to Avoid Strike
  • Scenes of a Protest: EP Teachers Stage Noisy Rally on 95th Street
  • Threat of EP Teachers Strike Looms
  • EP Teachers Set Oct. 2 Strike Date
  • No Agreement In D124 Contract Talks

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Rachael Neuberg October 05, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I think it is terrible to get kids involved in an adult problem.


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