MAYWOOD, Ill. – The Proviso Teachers Union, a council of the West Suburban Teachers Union, said it had made a last-ditch attempt to avoid a strike scheduled for Friday.
According to PTS President Maggie Riley, Supt. James Henderson declined to meet until March 7.
A statement said the union sent a counter offer on Thursday morning, which extends the offer to bargain at any time.
In late January, members of the Proviso Teachers Union voted to authorize a strike if a fair deal was not quickly reached with the District 209 administration.
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“Our members don’t take this step lightly,” Riley said. “No one wants to strike, but the administration’s lack of seriousness in reaching an agreement has been clear for almost a year.”
The members had originally planned to strike on February 18, but postponed the strike as negotiations continued.
The district says schools will be closed Friday due to the planned strike.
Rodney Alexander, the chairman of the Proviso Township High School Board of Education, released a statement Thursday, saying in part:
“We are disappointed that our educators are again considering this potential disruption to teaching and learning, especially given the additional movement made by the District in its most recent offer, which was presented to the union on Tuesday, March 1. .
In this offer, the District increased its salary proposal from 7% over 3 years (2% the first and 2.5% in the second and third years) to 9% over three years (3% each year). We question the union’s intention to bargain in good faith, given that in the counter proposal presented to the District today, it backtracked and increased its wage demands by more than $300,000. »
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