The LFEA would like to thank everyone for their support during this trying time. All of what happened is regrettable and could have been prevented. We hope to work together to rebuild these bridges so this never happens again.
First, we’d like to thank our students for being great. You are the reason we love our jobs. We’d also like to send a special shout-out to the student volunteers who helped organize the school days on Monday and Tuesday. They worked very hard–voluntarily–to help provide programming for their classmates. Their dedication to LFHS is a testament to the quality of students we have here.
We also thank all of the students and parents who had the courage to speak up and tell their stories.Finally, we want to thank the support staff, from secretaries and custodians to para-professionals and assistants, for working hard during the last week to keep the building running.
We are very happy to be back in the classroom.
CONTRACT IS SETTLED! NORMAL SCHOOL DAY TODAY, Wednesday, Sept 19.
“The Board reaffirmed that it had taken the two-tiered salary schedule off the table” That sounds great, but we know that you understand negotiations are always changing.
In the collective bargaining process, mediation is ongoing, and proposals and counter-proposals are passed through the mediator and behind closed doors. Any negotiated items are subject to change until the contract is final.
The “neutral third party” that the Board wants to bring in to analyze revenue is a District employee. While he is a well-liked and respected colleague, it is disingenuous to suggest that a district employee is a “neutral third party.”
Yesterday was a mostly positive day for our negotiations. The good news is that the teams met for 14 hours, and the feeling is that they accomplished more yesterday than they had in the previous year and a half. We are on our way to getting this done.
The not-so-good stuff: While our team wanted to continue last night, the Board wanted to call it a night. Unfortunately, the district business manager has “important business” in District 67 today, so the Board will not resume negotiations until 3:00 PM.
So that means one more day of non-instruction at LFHS.
The Chicago Tribune article this morning helps tell the story… Scroll down for FULL VIEW