In West Chicago Dist. 33, even how talks ended is in dispute

  • Teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 were on picket lines Monday at schools throughout the district, including Pioneer Elementary.

      Teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 were on picket lines Monday at schools throughout the district, including Pioneer Elementary. Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Students are escorted into Pioneer Elementary School Monday to attend alternative programs while teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 remain on strike.

      Students are escorted into Pioneer Elementary School Monday to attend alternative programs while teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 remain on strike. Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Signs supporting West Chicago Elementary District 33 teachers in their contract talks with the school board have been up for weeks in some yards.

    Signs supporting West Chicago Elementary District 33 teachers in their contract talks with the school board have been up for weeks in some yards.

 
 
Updated 2/5/2013 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.

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