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Metro East teachers vote to strike

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( – On Tuesday, teachers in the Highland, Illinois School District voted they will go on strike in the upcoming days.

Teachers held a vote in August and decided to strike if a new contract was not agreed to by the deadline.

Shianne Shively, the Teachers’ Union President, said the strike depends on monetary and non-monetary items in the contract, which covers the current school year. Shively said the current dispute centers around language in the contract that covers teacher evaluations, layoffs, and wording that protects teachers from bullying by administrators. Shively also said teachers may walk off the job because the district is proposing a pay freeze.

The district has let go 32 teachers over the past four years. Teachers and the superintendent disagree on how much money the district has. The school board is refusing to allocate more money for teachers because it says such a move could cause money problems in the future.

The union representing the teachers said 138 voted to reject the latest contract offer from the district, 15 voted to accept it, and one teacher did not vote. The strike is slated to begin Thursday.

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