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  • Parents ‘happy it’s over’ as Dist. 33 classes resume Feb 9, 2013 11:04 AM
    West Chicago Elementary District 33 began calling parents overnight to tell them classes will be back in session this morning after a tentative contract deal was reached just after midnight.Parents Thursday said they were relieved their students could go back to their normal schedule after a three-day teachers strike. “I’m just happy it’s over with and they figured it all out because the kids need to be in school,” parent Stacy Rachus said.

     
  • Possible progress in District 33 contract talks Feb 6, 2013 4:44 PM
    There were signs of possible progress in contract talks Wednesday in West Chicago Elementary District 33 as teachers walked picket lines for the third consecutive day. The school board and teachers union returned to the bargaining table with a federal mediator at 1 p.m. and were meeting into the evening. Mary Catherine Kosmach, the union's chief negotiator, said both bargaining teams are "close" to coming to terms on some issues, but nothing is official.

     
  • Financial challenges remain in Dist. 33 post-strike Feb 8, 2013 11:02 AM
    The teachers strike is over, a tentative contract has been reached and classes have resumed, but financial challenges in West Chicago District 33 remain, officials said Thursday night. “It took a long time to work through them, but we're glad we finally did,” school board spokesman Dave Barclay said. “Now we can look forward and get back to our mission of teaching our children.”

     
  • Dist. 33 teachers, board still talking, still disagreeing Feb 6, 2013 5:11 AM
    Negotiating teams for the West Chicago Elementary District 33 school board and teachers union returned to the bargaining table Tuesday in hopes of ending a strike that entered its second day. But so far, it appears no deal is in sight. Hours after a negotiations session with a federal mediator began, key disagreements on salary, health insurance, class sizes and the extended school day remained on the table.

     
  • West Chicago parents scramble to keep kids busy during strike Feb 4, 2013 6:12 PM
    As teachers in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 hit the picket lines Monday, parents of some 4,000 students had to find alternate plans to keep them busy. About 940 students in grades one through five were preregistered for the district's "alternative educational instruction" at Gary and Pioneer schools, said Dave Barclay, the school board's spokesman.

     
  • In West Chicago Dist. 33, even how talks ended is in dispute Feb 5, 2013 11:18 AM
    Striking teachers were walking picket lines in West Chicago Elementary District 33 with little immediate hope of a contract settlement. Even the end of Sunday's last-ditch bargaining session was shrouded in controversy. The school board said the union rejected its settlement offer and rejected a suggestion that it postpone a strike, but the union said weren't aware the talks had ended. "The board walked out and didn't tell us," Mary Catherine Kosmach, the union's chief negotiator, said.

     
  • Classes canceled in Dist. 33 as teachers strike Feb 4, 2013 8:14 AM
    Teachers will be walking picket lines and thousands of students will be locked out of classes Monday in West Chicago Elementary District 33 after the school board and teachers union failed to come to a contract agreement following nearly 11 hours at the bargaining table. “Discussions have stopped,” School board spokesman Dave Barclay said said shortly before midnight. “There definitely will be no school Monday.”

     
  • West Chicago teacher contract talks heading for weekend showdown Feb 1, 2013 5:25 PM
    Students and parents in West Chicago Elementary District 33 probably will have to wait until late Sunday to learn if their teachers will be in class Monday or walking a picket line. The teachers union and school board exchanged contract proposals Thursday night and Friday afternoon in an effort to avert a strike that threatens to cancel classes for nearly 4,000 students, but itís unlikely a settlement is near.

     
  • District 33: Preparations in place for strike, settlement Feb 1, 2013 5:30 PM
    There should be few surprises come Monday for parents of roughly 4,000 students in West Chicago Elementary District 33, officials say, whether teachers are back in the classroom or walking picket lines. Gina Steinbrecher, the districtís community relations specialist, says officials have been working to keep parents abreast of the developing strike threat through phone calls, emails and the website at www.wego33.org.

     
  • West Chicago teachers: Little choice but to strike Monday Jan 30, 2013 2:05 PM
    Teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 say they will go on strike Monday, Feb. 4, if they are unable to come to a contract agreement with the school board. "We are disappointed and disheartened that our professional negotiations have come down to this," the union's chief negotiator, Mary Catherine Kosmach, said in a written statement. "But for months we have had to deal with a school board that is intractable — one that refuses to compromise fairly and then threatens to impose its final offer on us. We are left with little choice."

     
  • Strike threat growing in West Chicago District 33 Jan 17, 2013 7:15 PM
    Pressure is mounting in West Chicago Elementary District 33 as both sides in tumultuous contract talks between the school board and teachers union are setting deadlines aimed at forcing a settlement.The school board last week announced it will impose its final contract offer on the district's 284 teachers if an agreement isn't reached by Feb. 21. The teachers responded Wednesday by voting overwhelmingly to authorize their negotiating team to call a strike, although no date has been set.

     
  • Dist. 33 teacher's union approves setting date for strike Jan 17, 2013 9:56 AM
    The teachers union for West Chicago Elementary District 33 authorized their negotiators Wednesday to set a strike date. The measure passed by 96 percent during a vote at a membership meeting for the Elementary Teachers' Association of West Chicago. “The teachers are frustrated,” said union spokeswoman Mary Catherine Kosmach. “They want the board to meet us instead of threatening us.”

     
  • Dist. 33 teachers Ďangry, frustratedí as contract showdown looms Jan 14, 2013 6:17 PM
    A showdown is looming in the increasingly bitter contract talks between the West Chicago Elementary District 33 school board and its teachers union. Union members will meet after class Wednesday to consider their options — including a possible strike — in the wake of the school board's announcement last week that it intends to implement its last contract offer if an agreement isn't reached by Feb. 21.

     
  • West Chicago school board sets deadline in teacher contract talks Jan 11, 2013 8:44 AM
    The West Chicago District 33 school board announced Thursday night it intends to implement its last contract offer to the teachers union if the two sides cannot come to agreement before the board's meeting Feb. 21. Board President Chris Scheck said the board will provide official notice to the teachers union of the board's intent to implement its offer unless resolution is reached within six weeks. “We are more than willing to continue to meet” before then, Scheck said.

     
  • No deal, but no strike date in West Chicago District 33 Jan 10, 2013 11:56 AM
    No strike date has been set by teachers in West Chicago District 33 after more than four hours of negotiations between the teachers union and the school board broke off without an agreement Wednesday night. Both the union and the board said they made new offers in an attempt to compromise on health insurance, which both sides have identified as a major sticking point.

     
  • District 33 board, teachers hope to avoid strike Jan 5, 2013 4:04 PM
    Both sides in a contract dispute between West Chicago Elementary District 33 and its teachers union say they hope to reach an agreement to avoid a strike, despite two days of negotiations without progress on the issue of health care. School will resume Monday as scheduled after winter break. Representatives of the school board and the teachers union said Saturday they would like to see 16 months of bitter contract talks resolved during a bargaining session scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

     
  • West Chicago Dist. 33 board: Little progress in talks Jan 4, 2013 7:33 PM
    Hours of negotiations Thursday and Friday failed to end a bitter contract dispute in West Chicago Elementary District 33. Though teachers legally could strike as early as Monday, students' schedules are expected to be normal at least through Thursday, officials said. In a statement released late Friday, school board President Chris Scheck said, "From the board's perspective, little or no progress was made."

     
  • District 33 resuming contract talks Jan 2, 2013 4:25 PM
    The West Chicago Elementary District 33 school board and its teachers union are set to resume negotiations Thursday and Friday in hopes of reaching an agreement and heading off a possible strike after roughly 16 months at the bargaining table. The two sides will meet with a federal mediator for the first time since talks broke down on Dec. 3.

     
  • Candidates line up for DuPage school boards facing contentious issues Dec 28, 2012 7:48 PM
    Candidates seeking school board seats in the April 9 DuPage County election will face issues ranging from budget deficits to overcrowded buildings to teacher contracts to curriculum questions. As daunting as it seems, relatively large numbers of candidates have filed to pursue seats on several area school boards.

     
  • Dist. 33 teachers, board heading back to bargaining table Dec 26, 2012 5:02 PM
    Negotiating teams in West Chicago Elementary District 33 are scheduled to return to the bargaining table Jan. 3 and 4 — just days before teachers legally will be allowed to strike. The school board and teachers union both have agreed to resume talks with a federal mediator as the threat of a job action looms. The two sides last met Dec. 3.

     
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