Harlem Teacher Strike

The Superintendent of Harlem Consolidated School District has been notified by the Illinois Federation of Teachers Field Service Director that the teachers will be on strike as of Tuesday, August 21, 2007.

Employees will not be at work tomorrow and each day thereafter until a new agreement has been reached by the parties and ratified by the Union.

School District Superintendent, Pascal V. DeLuca will be holding a press conference at the Harlem Administration Center at 8605 North Second St., Machesney Park, Illinois. at 2:30

A this time there is still no agreed upon contract settlement between Harlem Board of Education and the Harlem Federation of Teachers. Therefore, there will be no school in the Harlem District on Tuesday.

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  • by Andy Location: Loves Park on Aug 22, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    How come no one complains if other unions go on strike? Why is this all the teachers fault? The administration plays a very big part in the negotiations. Check out www.harlemft.org for more information.
  • by Jeff Location: Loves Park on Aug 21, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    I believe in wages that are fair, IF they deserve it, but the benefits packages need to be brought down to what the parents have to pay at home. The teachers want the parents to kick in for referendums, extra fees at registration, sports fees in addition to give them automatic cost of living raises and pay for their "sweet" benefits package. GET REAL, if the pay is not what you were expecting, go get another job. Or just be thankful you have a job with security. When was the last time a teacher was laid-off??? And where is their sympathy for all the blue collar workers who have been laid-off recently???
  • by Kelly Location: Loves Park on Aug 21, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    I agree with the teachers, they have to go to college to get their degrees and they should be paid what they are worth. They have to do their job daily at school and then go home and do more such as grading papers and getting work ready for the next day. Plus they have to put up with all the kids problems and attitudes. They deserve alot more money. And as far as Pat DeLuca he needs to get a real life and move on, because I went to Harlem Schools all my life and we never had these problem before. Again PAY THE TEACHERS WHAT THEY ARE REALLY WORTH. College classes aren't cheap. They get a degree so they can teach our children. It is a joke what I read in todays paper. Why should the children have to suffer because adults can't get along. He gave all his staff lastyear a raise and he makes big $$$$, and the teachers are worth a lot more and needed much more than him.
  • by Mike Location: Machesney Park on Aug 20, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    When is enough, enough? I understand that these teachers deserve the money that is coming to them and that a 2% raise does not even cover the cost of living, but when do we stop them from using our children as pawns??? Its not their fault!! The district, the county, and the state should stop these teachers from being able to strike. I work in a county position that does not allow us to strike because of public safety. Why is public safety more important than our childrens education??? The teachers should be forced to work with no contact and then be compensated once the contract has been settled. Its not like they would miss out on that money, it could be retroactive back to that date. Someone needs to stop this from happening to our children ( our future leaders ) for the second time in four years.
  • by Nicole Location: Machesney Park, IL on Aug 20, 2007 at 06:53 PM
    When are school districts going to start treating their teachers like profesionals? Teachers are expected to continually take and pay for classes to keep their certificates up to date (similar to what a doctor has to do). They are also expected to put in extra time before and after school to help students who fall behind, not to mention all the planning, correcting, and grading that needs to be done. Let's not forget teachers need to be creative, and entertaining so any "Spare time" they may have is spent creating interesting ways to teach their students. I don't know one teacher who spends their summer months not planning, buying and creating materials for the upcomming school year. If you add up all the hours teachers put in before school, after school, and yes even weekends. There is not one other profession that dedicates this much time to their job. Obviously teachers must love their job to be so dedicated. But, should this mean they should accept a lower wage? Would you?
  • by Victoria Location: Eicksteadt on Aug 20, 2007 at 02:11 PM
    I think it's a shame that we have to do this again. The teachers should just get over the fact that they are not going to get more money. I thinkthey should realize that they are holding their students back and now they are punishing us. My opinion is that this whole thing is a waste of time and it's only making this strike a lot worse then it should be.
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