Litchfield teachers file intent to strike

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 2:04 PM

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (KMOV.com) – After months of negotiations, members of the Litchfield Education Association have voted to file an intent to strike notice.

The vote took place on Wednesday after an agreement could not be reached with the district. The teacher’s contracts expired on August 15th.

The finals stumbling block to a new agreement is the district’s proposal that teachers this year not receive their longevity increase. The union proposed a three-percent increase in regards to the teachers’ salary schedule. The total increase would cost the school district $66,000 over last year’s cost.

“This is a modest proposal and one that is well within the district’s ability to pay,” Litchfield EA local president Lynne Taylor stated.

Litchfield teachers began informational picketing this week. “Our negotiations have been taking place for four months behind closed doors. Members of the Litchfield community have a right to be aware of the situation,” Taylor added.

The local Education Association has established a website in order to update parents and community members of the ongoing negotiations.

A mediation session has been scheduled for Thursday evening in Litchfield.

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