As of today here is what we know would happen in the event of a teachers strike:
- 12 month employees would continue to report to work as normal.
- 11 month employees would be off for the first 5 days of the strike and would report back to work on the 6th day unless the strike ended before that in which case they would report back on the first day that classes resume.
- 10 month employees would be off for the first 15 days of a strike and would report back to work on the 16th day unless the strike ended before that in which case you would report back on the day classes resume.
- 9 month employees would be off for the first 24 days of a strike and would report back on the 25th day unless the strike ends before that in which case you would report back when classes resume.
- All employees will continue to be paid during the time off for the strike and your insurance will still be in effect.
- Any time you are off will have to be added to the end of your normal last day to honor your contracted work calendar. If for some reason the strike runs so long that you would end up having to work more than your contracted number of days for your category, or they choose to not make up a certain number of days, we will have to negotiate with the district to determine how you will be paid.
- If you are not comfortable crossing the picket lines to return to work before the teachers strike is over you are allowed to take sick, personal, vacation (if you have it) or dock days with no repercussions to you per the district. Of course you must use all your paid leave time first then dock days (for which you will not be paid) if our understanding is correct.
- We hope this helps but if you have any other questions feel free to contact one of your executive officers and we will try to get an answer for you. As of today, we do not yet know how the district will contact you to let you know when to come back to work if the strike lasts less than the number of days you will be off but as soon as we hear anything we will let you know.
The election to choose delegates for next years IEA/RA attendees is coming up this week. Nominations will be sent out to members via school email this week. You may nominate any employee or you may self nominate. Please follow the instructions on the form as to entering the information and who to send to or email the completed form to. The nominations are due by November 6th, with election being held on December 6th and the vote tally being done on December 12th at South High School. Up to 9 delegates may be sent to represent PASS.
Strike Could Start
Negotiations will continue at a special board of education meeting this week after union members voted to authorize a strike.
PLAINFIELD, IL — After nearly a year of negotiations and a rejected contract, the Association of Plainfield Teachers moved a step closer to teachers strike in District 202. APT President Dawn Bullock on Saturday issued a statement saying an overwhelming 98 percent of union voters authorized their negotiations team to call a strike, if necessary. While a date has not yet been set, a lawful strike could start as soon as Halloween, on Oct. 31.
“The overwhelming issue is a conditional section of the Board of Education’s (BOE) offer that would destroy future salaries in years four and five,” Bullock said on Saturday, adding that using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to determine raises and thereby eliminating the professional pay schedule “would cause a severe reduction of salary growth, make the district far less competitive in attracting and retaining quality career teachers.”
Late last month, District 202 board present Greg Nichols said a contract deal rejected by teachers included an “almost 4 percent” raise for 80 percent of Association of Plainfield Teachers members — which APT has since disputed — and a 6 percent retirement incentive. Bullock said the proposal offered a pay increase of only 2.75 percent for the average teacher, “plus a one-time monetary offer of $250 for part-time teachers or a $500 for full-time teachers. This additional ‘signing bonus’ does not compound nor does it equate to a 4% raise on our schedule.”
On Saturday, Bullock said other issues putting APT members at odds with the district include teacher turnover, competition for teachers with other school districts and the duration of the agreement. The three-year pact proposed last month by the board included only a one-year salary and retirement benefits commitment.
Bullock said during the latest round of negotiations — which started last November — the school board made an offer that might have brought the two sides closer together, “but it made its proposal contingent on the association agreeing to eliminate the career pay schedule in the last two years of a five-year agreement.” Eliminating the pay schedule “would make the district far less competitive in attracting and retaining quality career teachers,” Bullock said.
Bullock said the overwhelming strike authorization vote shows that District 202 teachers are committed to a fair agreement that addresses the needs of career educators. (For more information on this and other neighborhood stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.)
“Our district loses dozens of quality teachers to other school districts every year,” she said in a statement. “The turnover rate is simply unfair to teachers, students, parents and other community stakeholders who depend on quality schools that are staffed with experienced teachers. Plainfield should not be a training ground for new teachers who start here, learn their profession, take the school district’s training, and then leave Plainfield to serve other children.”
Bullock said the union has reached out to the board to set additional meetings to continue negotiations, noting, “No one wants to strike … Hopefully, with their commitment, we’ll get this matter resolved fairly and without a job action.”
Bullock said the union and the board have submitted their latest proposals to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB), adding that the proposals will be posted on the IELRB website on Oct. 17
She said this year is a chance for teachers to make progress on narrowing wage disparities with other area school districts, adding that a teacher pay freeze and other cost-cutting measures have resulted in “record surpluses in school district savings.”
“Plainfield is a strong community with good, fiscally sound schools,” Bullock said. “We don’t expect to end up at the top of the list in pay, but we do expect to be treated fairly as career professionals.”
Patch reached out to District 202 for a response. In an email, District 202 Director of Community Relations Tom Hernandez said, “We continue to negotiate and look forward to a positive outcome with our teachers.”
The board has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, to present its latest contract proposal offered to APT. “Time will be allowed for citizen comment as required by law,” the district said of the meeting, which will take place at Plainfield South High Schoo, 7800 Caton Farm Road, “However, the Board will not conduct a question and answer session regarding the proposal at this meeting.”
We are actively asking as many of you as possible to come out to support the teachers at two upcoming events in the next week. On Wednesday night the 18th there will be a special board meeting at Plainfield South High School @7:00 PM for the board to present their latest offer to the teachers to the public. Also on Monday night the 23rd @7:30 there is the regular board meeting at the District Office. Please try to attend one or both to show your support for our teachers!