Lake Forest High School teachers are in Day 3 of their strike. The following statements from the LFHS admin and the Lake Forest Teacher Association were submitted Thursday night after many hours of negotiations between the District 115 Board of Education and teachers’ union:
District 115 Board of Education:
“The Lake Forest High School Board of Education and the Union met for 8 hours tonight. The parties made progress on numerous considerations.
Working through the mediator, the Board offered to defer the two-tier salary schedule to a faculty and board committee to come to a consensus, and agreed to phase in the HMO insurance change.
“The Union is still demanding salary increases of 5 to 6.5% per year. The Board responded by rejecting these terms and requested a more realistic counter proposal, which the Union declined. As a result no settlement was reached this evening.
“The Board will be back at the bargaining table at 9:00 am tomorrow.
“Board President Sharon Golan comments, “We are deeply disappointed by the Union’s unrealistic expectations regarding salaries. Our offer keeps us highly competitive and fiscally responsible to the community we serve.”
Lake Forest Teacher Association 9-13-2012:
Jim Carey to LFEA: “Keep Your Signs, Guys”
The Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) met today with the District 115 Board of Education (BOE).
Before the beginning of the collective bargaining session, a group of 40 teachers had assembled to demonstrate support for a resolution during today’s scheduled meeting.
When several LFEA members addressed Mr. Carey with “Let’s get it done” and “good luck,” Mr. Carey replied “Keep your signs, guys.”
Negotiations began at 2:00 PM and ended at 9:20 PM. During the negotiations, again, there was no movement by the BOE.
According to LFEA lead negotiator, Tom Gigiano, “We believe that by both the lack of action on the part of the BOE and even the comments of Mr. Carey beforehand, it appears that the BOE was never interested in coming to a successful contract resolution tonight. We are disappointed in the Board, but hope that we can come to a fair and equitable contract soon and get back to teaching. We know that you have heard this before, but again, again, the LFEA made a new financial offer, and again, the evening ended with no change in the proposal from the Board.”