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Evergreen Park K-8 Teachers To Take Strike Vote

D124 elementary school teachers will vote on weather to authorize a strike Tuesday afternoon.

Contract talks between Evergreen Park elementary school teachers and the Dist. 124 board of education have reached a standstill.

Teachers and staff in Evergreen Park School District 124 will meet at and take a vote to authorize the union bargaining team to call a strike.

The vote is scheduled to take place at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, but is closed to the public.

Teachers and staff belonging to the Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers, Local 943 staged a last Thursday before the bargaining team went inside to meet with D124 board officials.

The story is developing and Patch will be keeping a close watch on it throughout the day.

EP Lover September 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
FYI, thanks for bringing us this news. However, I didn't find your comment on the FB feed ("If I were an EP parent, I'd be worried) very appropriate from a journalistic perspective. If you want to tell us how you feel, write an Op-Ed piece. Otherwise, please refrain from providing your opinion as you disseminate news.
Charles Morgan September 04, 2012 at 05:46 PM
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monica September 04, 2012 at 06:24 PM
ha! Charles...I noticed that right away as well.
epsouthwest September 04, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Charles: Yes, I noticed that, too. EP Lover: I also agree. I think the quality of the Patch has somewhat diminished since Renita left and the EP Patch began sharing editors.
Kathy Fontaine September 05, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Where is the update? Have the teacher's decided to strike?
Jennifer Valdez September 05, 2012 at 03:22 AM
YES! On Tuesday afternoon, teachers and staff at School District 124 in Evergreen Park voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. Illinois Federal of Teachers Spokesman Dave Comerford said the soonest those teachers could go on strike would be...September 21. District officials and teachers represented by the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers Local 943 began negotiations back in April. It was also reported on CBS news http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/04/teacher-strikes-may-be-coming-in-evergreen-park-lake-forest/#.UEYxD76hAjs.facebook
Jennifer Valdez September 05, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I also encourage parents and community members to demand that the administration work this out with the union at the bargaining table! Call, write an e-mail, let your voice be heard to the superintendent and school board - your voice DOES count! Parents should be VERY concerned as it will be very difficult to provide the same quality education that the teachers and support staff of Evergreen Park D124 provide our students with on a daily basis. The substitutes brought in (if they strike) will not be familiar with the curriculum, students and their individual educational needs.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I didn't take my comment on Facebook to be "editorializing." IT was hardly an op-ed.
EP Lover September 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I completely agree that the Patch has deteriorated in quality.
EP Lover September 05, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I found your comment inappropriate as it what 'you' think is not newsworthy and I hope you'll be more thoughtful in future posts. On a related note, I also scratched my head at the FB post about someone's "cleaning lady" to be completely out of place and certainly not newsworthy.
TM September 05, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Yes, I have been thinking the same thing. It seems the editors of the EP Patch do not really care nor do they want to be doing it. I would like more news. Not death notices, I look at bigger papers for that. I don't want to see that your cleaning lady is coming over. I want to know what is going in the Karson's lot. I used to like this site a lot but not since Renita left

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