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Mokena School Board President Hopeful on Strike

Talks will resume on Monday between School District 159 and the Mokena Teachers Association.

Board President John Troy is hopeful the district and its teachers union can avoid a strike.

“I always thought talks could be resolved without a strike,” Troy said Wednesday after the Mokena Teachers Association decided Tuesday night to take the threat of a strike out of the equation for the time being.

Union spokesman Craig Martinus issued a release Tuesday night saying negotiations for a new contract would continue on Monday, Dec. 12. The teachers have been working without a contract since the previous pact expired over the summer.

The release cited “healthy and productive” talks with the school board. It was the first negotiating session since November.

On Wednesday, Martinus said there wasn't anything more to say until after talks resume on Monday.

, but has not filed the paperwork with the state, which is required before teachers can go on strike.

The union represents more than 90 teachers and other staffers at the district.

“It was a good negotiating session,” said Troy. “It was a positive step and fruitful. I’m looking forward to the next negotiating session on Monday.”

He said a second negotiating session also is tentatively scheduled for next Thursday.

Troy said the main sticking points between the teachers and school board have been health benefits and the salary schedule.

The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at and a crowd is expected.

Gina Zoetvelt December 09, 2011 at 11:04 PM
I'm reading these and what I find the most amusing is that the entire point of the artical isn't even being debated. Oh, and before I go any further, My e, p and space key are sticking so forgive me now if I have any typos or misspellings. Actually, I can't find anything to even debate. All I read was BOTH sides stating things like "healthy and productive," "good negotiating sessions," "positive and fruitful." There is nothing negative in this article at all so why all the negative posts?
Gina Zoetvelt December 09, 2011 at 11:05 PM
OOPS, just realized, my first article is misspelled. Again, before I get blasted, I apologize for the misspelling.
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Sorry Gail, I just get really PO'd when someone posts what Jen Posted. As if it’s the board’s fault that the community doesn’t have any money and the teachers want more of what we don't have!! Actually I am a very happy person can’t you tell when I am ROTFLMAO Ummm I was at the board meeting from start to finish yesterday, If I was hiding, I wouldn’t show up. Because I have 2 kids in the district, I choose to remain anonymous like fact checker and mad at dad. Which facts are incorrect??
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 11:23 PM
In fact I really had no intention of posting on this article (believe it or not) I thought it was a good article, but Jens Ignorance PO'd me and the typing began. Then when typo became the topic of discussion and no longer was Jens post, well then it was just fun!!
nick December 12, 2011 at 02:45 PM
According to recent Department of Education statistics public school teacher average salary is $53,230. While private school teacher salary average is $39,690

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