“There were 151 out of 152 members walking the line this morning,” a teacher told me.
Members of the Prospect Heights Education Association, an NEA/IEA affiliate, are on strike.
“Members are staying strong and united but the board is refusing to meet,” I was told.
As a result parents are faced with their kids losing instructional time. There are 1,500 students enrolled in Prospect Heights District 23.
Teachers in PHEA have never been forced to strike before.
The issue is salary.
Union representatives tell me that they are only $150,000 apart. But with the board refusing to schedule another bargaining session, it is hard to see how students will be back in the classroom before the weekend.
The PHEA web site can be found here.
Members of our Skokie Organization of Retired Educators (S.O.R.E.), IEA Retired, will be doing strike support on the picket lines on Friday at 10AM.
We are meeting at 700 North Schoenbeck Road in Prospect Heights.
All retired teachers should feel free to join us.