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Mendota elementary teachers strike over stalled contract negotiations

Courtesy: Illinois Education Association -NEA
Courtesy: Illinois Education Association -NEA(WIFR)
Published: Oct. 17, 2019 at 10:26 AM CDT
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Teachers from Mendota School District 289 are on strike after stalled contract negotiations between the teachers union and school district.

The district's last contract expired on Aug. 14, according to the Illinois Education Association.

Mendota School District 289 announced there would not be school until the district and the teachers union can come to agreement on a new deal.

Elementary school teachers went on strike Wednesday morning after Tuesday night's board meeting. There teachers union and school district did not come to an agreement at the meeting.

The Mendota Education Association says the board had offered a one-year deal, which included a 1% increase to the teachers' retirement system and a 3% increase to the base salary.

No deals have been reached as of Thursday morning. The Mendota Education Association says the elementary school will meet over the course of the strike and hope for a quick resolution.

The Mendota Education Association consists of 76 elementary members and 39 high school teachers from School District 280. Only the elementary teachers from District 289 are on strike.