Dixon Teachers to Strike Thursday, February 28, 2013

DIXON (WIFR) -- Dixon teachers say they will strike on Thursday. The announcement comes after last night's last ditch effort to hammer out a contract ended after midnight, with no deal.

Dixon administrators will provide k-thru-5 childcare for some students, but there won't be any bus service.

The school board says both sides remain far apart. The main sticking points are still salaries and health care.

DIXON (WIFR) -- The Superintendent of Dixon schools released this message on the Dixon Schools website:

"Earlier this morning, contract negotiations with the Teachers Association broke down and the teachers informed the Board of Education that they would go on strike beginning on Thursday, February 28th.

Classes for Thursday are cancelled. As mentioned in the Parent Letter, educational services provided to Dixon students by outside entities will continue as normal.

On Thursday, the procedure for registering students in grades K-5 for child care will begin. There will be no cost for this service. However, these days are not considered student attendance days, so parents will need to provide a lunch for their child and transportation to and from school. More details will follow.

The Board regrets any inconvenience that this situation causes. They are working diligently to reach an agreement with the DEA that is fair to teachers and is prudent for the current fiscal times. Later today, the Board’s latest offer will be posted on-line. They did counter the DEA’s proposals, but the sides remain far apart. The Board had hoped that bargaining would continue without the work stoppage, but that is not possible. The next bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday night.

You can find additional information on the District’s Facebook page."

We will bring you more information on this story as we learn more.

DIXON (WIFR) -- Teachers in Dixon are one day closer to a strike. Tonight they’ll meet again with the School Board to try and hash out a contract deal. Dixon administrators are asking educators to agree to a pay freeze and pay more for their health care. However, the Dixon Education Association says that’s unacceptable. If a deal isn’t reached by tonight, teachers could strike as soon as Wednesday.

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