Union Pickets School Board

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Some Rockford School District employees walked the picket line protesting what they claim is unfair labor practices by the Rockford School District. Maintenance workers walking the picket line are asking the school district to bargain not impose.

They're accusing the district of imposing a new insurance plan that raises co-pays, and fees for prescriptions and emergency room visits with negotiations.

Union members admit the contract changes are not extreme. But say they're made illegally without going to the bargaining table...and say the district tried to do the same thing three years ago.

District officials wouldn't talk on camera but say they're not violating the contract and maintenance workers have to pay their fair share instead of passing the burden onto taxpayers.