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Teachers' Strike in Illinois Cancels School for Two Days

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A teachers' strike in suburban Chicago closed down schools for two days last week in the 17,000-student Waukegan district.

The district's teachers began their strike late last week after contract talks between the Waukegan school district and the Lake County Federation of Teachers ended without a new agreement.

The district and the union are at odds over salary, health-care benefits, and employee working conditions.

School district attorney Tony Ficarelli said the teachers' union only wanted to talk about salary. In a statement posted on the district's website, Superintendent Donaldo Batiste said the union's salary request is too high.

The teachers contend that their pay isn't comparable to similar nearby school districts.

Vol. 34, Issue 07, Page 5

Published in Print: October 8, 2014, as Teachers' Strike in Illinois Cancels School for Two Days
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