Strike Looming for North Boone Teacher's Union

POPLAR GROVE (WIFR) -- The options are running thin for North Boone School District's Education Association.

"We're at a point where we don't have a choice. We really don't have a choice. So if we had to, we're going to have to do it”, says Emily Gregory, president of the North Boone Education Association.

The union has filed an intent to strike. Both the teachers and the school board say salary disputes are keeping them from coming to an agreement. The board says the economy has something to do with it.

North Boone School Board president Don Ward says, "Unfortunately the district has a limited amount of resources. Those resources are really strained at the moment based on declining state participation and the local revenue is also declining."

The teachers have been working without a contract since July 1st, and have been negotiating since February. They realize the longer the dispute drags out, the more it will affect their students.

Gregory says, "Most of these teachers, the majority, love their jobs. And with this constantly in the back of your mind with these worries, you can't give your full effort. You feel badly and guilty. So yeah, the students suffer tremendously."

The union must wait two weeks until officially going on strike due to state law, marking Monday November 7th as judgment day for negotiations.


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  • by Teacher Location: Belvidere on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    Yes, people should be taking a look at who they've hired and fired for superintendents and what the money is being spent on. Take a look at their 5 year technology plan that I believe was unveiled and approved at one of the same meeting where they fired their teachers last year. They plan to spend plenty on technology and plan to hire another $100,000 technology director. You people that like to look at what the teachers make, should also look at what the administration makes, but I don't see them asking any of them to take a pay cut or pay for their health insurance. They cry poor due to the states lack of funding, but what they aren't telling you is that they are getting almost all the aid, just late. Also, rumor has it this district has 11-12 million in reserves.
  • by ExNBooner Location: Chicago on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    Those websites listing salary do not take into consideration the early mornings, nights, weekends and even summers that those teachers are at the school investing their time and their own money in their students and in the school. Teachers in OUR district make, on average, $30k more a year than they do in N Boone. That's horrible, even allowing for increased cost of living. Perhaps if the powers that be gave more thought to improving education and focused on the children more people would want to live in Boone County. That would positively affect the local economy as well. "Jeff" clearly has no clue what a teacher invests and sacrifices to be a member of that district. I wouldn't do it, not at the expense of my family and at risk of being bashed personally by people who are small minded and probably don't even have children at N Boone schools. We were in that district for a dozen years and if you want to see the true measure of the people running the district, take a look at who they've hired (and FIRED!) for superintendents. Stop bashing the teachers for wanting what is FAIR and start getting involved in making N Boone a community to be proud of again, rather than one circling the drain.
  • by frobozz on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    It's always 'about the children', nothing else.
  • by Tom Location: Rockford on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    Hey, Jeff- While you are on the taxpayer website, make sure to compare the salaries. North Boone is one of the lowest paid districts in the area..
  • by Hannah on Oct 26, 2011 at 04:31 PM
    Anyone who takes part in the teacher witch hunt is simply a goomba. Yes, a goomba. Let's just "hand the keys over to China" while we're at it. Let them lap us and make a grand 'ol mockery, since we clearly do not value the future of our country.
  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on Oct 26, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    Yes Jeff check your facts. What isn't being told here is that the STATE has not paid the school the money owed them from OUR tax dollars. The State isn't going to pay anymore into TRS which the Teachers will have to fund themselves. I'm also willing to bet that the school board wants the teachers to take a hard freeze on their salaries, (this not the only district trying to get a contract done). Teachers are strongly advised to continue with their education, which costs the Teachers out of their pockets and they get compensated by steps in continued education. Now when a teachers gets their Masters degree they move on the pay scale but it takes about 10 years for the teachers to get all that they have spent back. But then they still have to continue with their education on their dime again, so if you want to put the blame on someone why not with our ELECTED OFFICIALS down state and not the teachers. Oh by the Jef could you afford a freeze in your salary and increase in what you pay in retirement and health benefits? Probably not this is what is being done to the teachers. North Boone is not the only district that is working with out a contract either.
  • by Hannah Location: Roscoe on Oct 26, 2011 at 09:10 AM
    Check your facts, Jeff. Drive by some schools and notice cars in the lot well into the evening. Have you volunteered in a school? Teachers multi-task to a near-impossibly-human degree. They take literal and emotional baggage home every night. There are nightly functions, coaching, tutoring, of your children taking place. They are degreed professionals who constantly have to update their training-and now completely out of their pockets. Do you want your children led by just anybody? Show some intelligence and RESPECT!
  • by Jeff Location: Capron on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    Absolutely amazing that this group of people cant recognize that an average of $40K per year to work 6 hours per day 9 months a year feel they have to milk every taxpayer for more. Look up your kids teacher's salarys on the Illinois Family Taxpayer website or Champion news. You will be APALLED at what they make now.
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