Teachers and support staff in Quincy, Illinois have been pushed to the point of establishing a strike deadline of November 20th if no agreement in collective bargaining is reached.
In its posting, QF (The Quincy Federation of Teachers) stressed that the issues are more than compensation, but what is best for students.
“Our negotiating team began these talks in late spring asking for limits on the number of students in each classroom and on caseloads, extended planning time and less paperwork, and meetings taking place outside of the work day,” the QF posting said. “With these items in place, teachers would be able to provide more individual attention to each student, as well as have time to plan and execute quality instruction.”
At the same time, QF said its members are asked to take on more responsibilities, but are not compensated, and the union sought a “fair wage” for hourly employees as a step toward attracting and retaining high-quality staff, providing high-quality professional development, and improving teaching and learning conditions.
“Our students deserve licensed staff and support staff that allow diverse learners to achieve their highest potentials,” the QF posting said. “The board is not listening to the union on these issues, and that is why we still do not have a contract.”
Bargaining status of all other Illinois school districts can be found on the State of Illinois Education Labor Relations webs site.