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Evergreen Park SD 124 talks to resume Wednesday

Updated: November 11, 2012 6:21AM



Students in Evergreen Park School District 124 will be kept out of classes at least through Wednesday, when negotiating teams for the school board and teachers union are set to resume bargaining.

As the teachers strike enters its second week, representatives of the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers and the school board are scheduled to meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Central Junior High School, 9400 S. Sawyer Ave.

The two sides made no progress on financial issues during a nine-hour bargaining session that started Monday afternoon and ended about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. They spent the night tweaking language regarding reopening the issue of retirement benefits should the state change its pension laws. It was the fifth bargaining session since the strike began last Tuesday.

As students miss a sixth day of school Wednesday, a major issue in addition to salaries and benefits is whether the missed days will be made up. The school board has taken a firm stand that the workdays will not be made up and staff will not be paid for them, while the union wants to make up all missed school days.

The strike has kept about 1,800 students from their classes in four elementary schools and the junior high.

Details of each side’s proposals can be found at www.d124.org.



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