The Lake Forest Education Association issued this statement to the media mid-day on Saturday, Sept 15, 2012 regarding its attempt to meet with the Lake Forest District 115 Board of Education (BOE):
Lake Forest Education Association, Sept. 15: Once again, the BOE has chosen not to participate in the collective bargaining process with the LFEA.
Before negotiations were ended by the district yesterday afternoon, the Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) asked the mediator to inform the District 115 Board of Education (BOE) that we would be ready to continue negotiations at 10 AM on Saturday. At 10 AM this morning, the LFEA negotiating team entered district headquarters hoping to find the BOE negotiating team. Instead, the BOE left a note on the table for the LFEA team to read. Their note declared that yesterday’s “ …last, best offer” was their final offer and demanded a last, best offer from us.
According to Tom Gigiano, the lead negotiator for the LFEA, “This is not the collective bargaining process and does not lead to productive compromise. The LFEA’s last, best offer is for us to be at the negotiating table together to find common ground, complete this process, and get our teachers and kids back where they belong, in the classroom together.” The LFEA will be returning to the district offices on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 9 AM or anytime the BOE is ready to meet in hopes that the BOE will join us in an attempt to find compromise.
The entire text of the BOE’s message is as follows:
The doors have been left open at the front. If you have a last, best for the board, please contact Mike Hernandez (D-115 attorney). The board team is prepared to meet at any time and respond to your last, best offer.