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Article updated: 2/26/2013 2:42 PM

Dixon teachers say they'll go on strike Thursday

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By Associated Press

Teachers in Dixon School District are planning to strike starting Thursday.

Sauk Valley Media reported that Dixon Education Association told the school board of its decision Tuesday.

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The union says "very little progress" was made in negotiations that went past 2 a.m., and classes for the district's 2,781 students will be canceled Thursday.

The board scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will to take public comment, then meet in closed session to discuss contract talks.

Union President Sandi Sodergren-Baar says the two sides are "still very far apart," on big issues.

Superintendent Michael Juenger says those issues include staffing, salaries and benefits.

Teachers have been working without a contract since August. The next bargaining session is Thursday night.

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