Strike Over, Classes to Resume on Monday

District 124 teachers are set to return to their classrooms on Monday after reaching a tentative agreement early Friday morning.

Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 and the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers have come to a tentative agreement meaning kids will be back in school on Monday. 

The union announced that after an 11-hour negotiation session that began at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, a tentative agreement between the two sides has been reached. 

"We are thankful that we will be back in school on Monday with our students. We have missed them," the statement posted to the union's Facebook page reads

No details of the agreement have been released. 

Standing together in front of news cameras early Friday morning after the deal had been reached, both Board President Kathy Rohan and Daneen Pajeau, of the Illinois Federation of Teachers remarked on the strike's end.  

"I think everybody is happy that it is over,"  Rohan said. "With any negotiation everyone gets something they want and you don't get something you want, but I think we are all relieved the kids should be back in school on Monday."

The extended negotiation session resulted in a tentative agreement, although both sides will meet again to iron out more detailed language before final votes are taken. 

"We worked 11 hours very hard on reaching an agreement to finish out all the open items on the table," Pajeau told television cameras. 

The district has releases a statement on the deal calling it a "verbal tentative agreement." Here is the full statement:

"The Board and the Union continued use of a sidebar format from the last meeting and agreed to give a supposal process a try instead of requiring written proposals.  Representatives from the Board and Union had a number of extended sidebar discussions in an attempt to resolve the remaining issues as quickly as possible.  The two parties continued through the evening exploring options to bridge the differences.  The discussions were mostly positive and productive and brought the parties to the point where we reached a verbal tentative agreement.  Given the late hour, both parties agreed to adjourn for the evening and meet on Friday at 6:00 pm to review the language detailing the agreement. "

Updated, 10:20 a.m.   

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Mike Evans October 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Hey ep95, suck it... if you were educated yourself maybe you would realize how much unions have done for this country, and the middle class.. Maybe you would've rather started working @5years old, or maybe you would rather work more than 8 hours a day, or maybe you'd rather work 7days a week, or maybe you'd be happy making less wages.. That's how it was until unions... And a lot of people fought hard, and even died for our way of life.. yours too.. And your shitting on them by making your stupid comments..Why don't you do yourself a favor and look in your mirror and realize how much of a dickless asshole you have become, and kick your own ass..
Mike Evans October 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Couldn't of said it any better... Amazing how many people forget that people died for these things that people take for granted.. You want to talk shit about unions, maybe educate yourselves first..
Mike Evans October 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Also, whoever Mr "-" is, there was a lot of labor unions out on the picket line with the teachers.. Laborers unions, electricians union, and let's not forget about all the parents who happen to be in other unions as well.. It's called BROTHERHOOD.. Look it up if you have a chance.. Don't be jealous..
Mike Evans October 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM
No she shouldn't...
_ October 14, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Mike Evans ~ Seriously? Name calling & insults to make your point? How classy of you. You must read this website's policy regarding your behavior before you post again: http://evergreenpark.patch.com/terms.
_ October 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Mike Evans ~ Really? Last time I checked Labor/Trade Union members do not get paid when we aren't at work, why would we forfit pay to walk a picket line for a Public Union? What Union are you associating yourself with? Another Public Union member? You guys have sure shown what you represent all over this website. You tout your Public Union Propaganda. You as a Public Union member have NOTHING to stand on or for. You Public Unions would not exist if it weren't for us Labor/Trade Unions. Labor/Trade Unions are private sector unions, and yes, when the economy is bad, it affects our benefits and pensions. Unlike Public unions who hold tax payers hostage by walking off the job, Public union members think they are "entitled" to public money regardless of the economy. You are collective bargaining against yourselves. You have bought into your Public Union's propaganda, you cannot see the bigger picture.
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Um Mike, I'm a union thug too.
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Hey dash boy, your trade unions are no better or worse than any other union. We fight to keep right to work out of Illinois and you are going to diss us? Your hard hat must be on too tight.
Mike Evans October 14, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Misread the comment... sorry Southside....
EP Lover October 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
After countless posts and seemingly incessant email, I really regret that I neglected to deactivate email notification for this article. Be civil or drop it people!
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
And all you anti-teacherites worry about is if the reachers are going to make up the days. They have to be punished you all say. No compromise, no reconciliation. Teachers must pay. Thinking of the kids with subs? That's funny.
Mike Evans October 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Hey mrs dash, I am in the trade union... I am ibew #134 and proud of it... all the unions stood by them.. It's called a UNION.. I really pray that your not a union member making comments like that..
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Wasn't Klinger a sect. 8? You are looney tunes too.
Mike Evans October 14, 2012 at 01:45 AM
At least I am proud enough to use my name...
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Wrong on Jane Byrne, dash boy!!! Not one firefighter lost their job in 1980. Read up smart guy.
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Plenty of scab tradesmen undermining you. dash boy. They do shotty work for less. Enough with the we do everything right nonsense.
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Plenty of tradesmen strike and picket, dash boy. Where have you been?
Southside October 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
You should be knocking on doors, Bobbo. Election coming.
_ October 14, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Southside ~ Really? Name the last time there was a Trade Union strike, and the Trade. Bold statements with nothing to back it up.
_ October 14, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Is that what I said? I don't think so. You are right not one lost their job after the strike as long as they agreed to work along side the newly hired non-union firefighters.
_ October 14, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Nope. We do.
_ October 14, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Mike Evans ~ ibew, sorry man.
Mike Evans October 14, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Hey mrs dash, The last trades to go on strike was the Laborers and The operators #150 which was about 2years ago or so.. And it shut down a lot of job sites.. Many trades lost days wages because they stood by the other unions striking.. Just remember something you can't spell UNION without U or I.. And if you are a union member you should be ashamed of yourself.. It's members like you that bring down the union and also give it a bad name.. Have a nice night.. Kudos to keeping your name unpublished... I'd be ashamed too if I made your comments and had your beliefs... Have a nice night..
Southside October 14, 2012 at 03:39 AM
All of them joined the union. Who did Jane Byrne fire? Giving Byrne the Witch way too much credit.
Southside October 14, 2012 at 04:14 AM
2011 Longview Longshoreman Strike (United States, ILWU) 2008 Boeing Machinists Strike 2006 AK Steel Strike 2006 USW Strike It happen, dash boy.
_ October 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Hi Mike ~ That's not a Trade Union.
_ October 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
_ 12:34 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Southside ~ Glad to see you looked something up. However, none of the unions you have listed here are TRADE UNIONS. They are Labor Unions. Trade Unions include Carpenters, Electricians, Masons, Pipefitters, Boilermakers, etc... Anyone who is specialized, specially trained in a craft or skill. NOW, can you name the last time a Trade Union went on strike and the Trade?
Mike Evans October 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hey Mrs. Dash, look up Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council..Laborers and Operators are in the Trade Union.. And I told you, read the above statement, which TRADE UNIONS went on strike... And besides that, whats your point?
Southside October 23, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Hey dash boy, you need to look things up. Definition right out the book... A tradesman is a skilled manual worker in a particular trade or craft. Economically and socially, a tradesman's status is considered between a laborer and a professional, with a high degree of both practical and theoretical knowledge of their trade. In cultures where professional careers are highly prized there can be a shortage of skilled manual workers, leading to lucrative niche markets in the trades. The training of a trade in European cultures has been a formal tradition for many centuries. A tradesman typically begins as an apprentice, working for and learning from a Master, and after a number of years is released from his master's service as a Journeyman. After a Journeyman has proven himself to his trade's guild (most guilds are now known by different names), he may settle down as a Master and work for himself, eventually taking on his own apprentices. Since the 20th Century, this process has been changed in many ways. A tradesman still begins as an apprentice, but the apprenticeship is carried out partly through working for a tradesman and partly through an accredited trade school for a definite period of time (usually around 4 years), after which he/she is fully qualified. Starting one's own business is purely a financial matter, rather than being dependent on status. Few trades still make a distinction between a qualified tradesman and a master.
Southside October 23, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Types of tradesmen/Tradeswork Artisan Baker Barber or Hairstylist Boilermaker Blacksmith Brewer Bricklayer Butcher Cabinet maker Cable Joiner Carpenter Carpet layer Cement Mason Cheesemaker Chef Chimney sweep Cobbler Clockmaker Construction worker Cooper (profession) Electrician Gaffer Glazier Gardener Haberdasher Handyman Heavy equipment operator HVAC & Refrigeration mechanic Ironworker Instrument Mechanic Janitor Jeweller Journeyman Knife sharpener Landscaper Labourer Lineworker Locksmith Longshoreman Machinist Mechanic Milkman Miller Millwright Painter and decorator Pastry chef Piano tuner Plasterer Plumber Printer Roofer Repairman Sawfiler Solderer Steeplejack Steelworker Stonemason Tiler Tailor Theatrical technician Tinsmith Tool and Die Maker Traditional trades Watchmaker Welder Window cleaner Wood cutter Knowledge is power, dash boy.


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