Barrington District 220 Teachers Authorize Strike Vote

School board and teachers hopeful continued negotiations will resolve contract issues.

After months of negotiations over a new contract, the Barrington Education Association representing District 220 teachers announced it will pursue a strike vote. The association and the school board have been unable to agree on several key issues including working conditions and compensation.

“Our argument is for quality and fairness,” said BEA President Melanie Collin in a statement released Wednesday, Oct. 31. “We want to maintain the kind of quality school district that attracts and retains great teachers to serve the students – the kind of quality professionals that have made this a great school system.”

Barrington teachers have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year.

District board members are confident that the teachers and school board can come to an agreement on these issues.

"We're optimistic an agreement is forthcoming," said Board President Brian Battle. "After many collaborative and productive discussions since last spring, we're moving closer to meeting a standard of quality and fairness that satisfies our teachers as well as our taxpayers."

Niether side of the bargaining table has requested federal mediation at this point and no strike has been scheduled. If both sides go into mediation, a lengthy review process by the Illnois Educational Labor Relations Board would follow before a teacher strike takes place.

"The preliminary actions and message of the BEA regarding a possible work stoppage do not mean families should make contingency childcare plans or that an unfortunate disruption to instruction is imminent," the board said in a statement issued early on Oct. 31.

Stay tuned to Barrington Patch for updates.




RidgewayVol October 31, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I hope both sides work through this amicably. I'm afraid some district's teachers have spent a good deal of reputational capital on recent strikes. I hope 220 doesn't follow suit. As a recent newcomer to the district, I can tell you the taxes currently paid to the school district are outrageous compared with other states. I am fortunate and willing to pay for the resulting services, but not everyone is. Any "win" resulting from a teacher' strike will result in a long term loss with respect to parental support of the teachers, district and administration. I've seen this play out too often to wish it on either side of the negotiations. In case the issue of comparable teacher compensation comes up .... rely on facts, not rumors. Teacher salaries are a matter of public record. Good luck all.
Deidre October 31, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Yeah, I agree. This hurts teachers more than it helps. And if unionized teachers are generally not fans of alternative means of education, such as charters, this is not ultimately going to help the cause. I happily pay taxes in the district, but as you said, salaries are public record. It's quite easy to see if salaries are competitive to those in other districts and that should be the bargaining line.
Jan Sibley November 01, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Just this morning in the Tribune, a chart showed Barrington District 220 teachers enjoyed at 23.8% salary increase in the past year. I am not sure how that number is derived, but needless to say that number is shocking. Our district student population certainly didn't grow 23.8%, in fact it is stagnant or declining. Not sure the teachers will get much support for a strike.
Nellie H November 01, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Sick. Let them strike, hire subs if that is possible. Not sure how the district is bound if there is not contract, but I am sure there are plenty of young motivated teachers who are desperately looking for teaching positions in this economy. Why are there unions for public sector employment? Think about how ridiculous that is.
SuzyQ November 01, 2012 at 09:34 AM
They have got to be kidding! What is wrong with this picture?
pb November 01, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Sure, let them strike and hire subs. Really?!?!? Are you serious?!?! Ask the Lake Forest School Board how well that worked!!
pb November 01, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Can you post the link where you saw that? I looked for it and couldn't find it. Thanks
JT November 01, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Let them strike, even though their salaries are public record most people do not realize how much they actually make. It's ridiculous, just more public employees being supported by the taxpayers.
Dennis November 01, 2012 at 01:46 PM
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/research/pdfs/teacher_salary_11-12.pdf One hundred and ten pages of what Illinois pays for wages.. Have good luck finding any one district or school, they demagraphs are by size of school.. How much does it cost the taxpayer to maintain this file
RidgewayVol November 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Dennis November 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
When working in Barrington, I took notice of the demands that the teachers had! Since they are the main reason for my taxes being so high I was getting indignant. Their bill is HALF of my taxes! Thus I began writing often about the overfeeding of the school system, this got the attention of Mr. Roesner, who also was not pleased to see the yearly rip of taxpayers monies... I said it in 1985 and I say it now, they produce more hamburger flippers than any other group of people.. My daughter attended "The Barrington High" and graduated and came out knowing close to nothing! Within two years she educated herself to a level beyound some of the very teachers she left behind... It would seem that teachers don't read or listen to the news, my house listed at 160K Jan, 2008, now it is at 60K! I would not want to blame Zero for it all, there are 435 in congress that were aboard the sweet ship lollipop which has been renamed Titanic...
pb November 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Thank you for the link
pb November 01, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I'm sorry that your daughter had such a bad high school education at Barrington. But after looking at the statistics, it seems as though she would be in the minority
pb November 01, 2012 at 03:12 PM
When teacher salaries are discussed there are several points that are being missed. No one mentions the numbers of hours that they spend outside of school working, or all the extra classes that they take, or the fact that even though teachers have been paying into the Teacher Retirement System for retirement, the state of IL has used that money for things other than teacher's retirement!! Teachers deserve every penny that they make and some!!
JT November 01, 2012 at 03:32 PM
PB, Something else that is not discussed is the fact that teachers only work 8 1/2 months out of the year (yes I understand there is summer school and other activities...), Teachers also have excellent benefits. One thing that really pisses me off is the raises they get. Enter the business world for once, I do not know anyone that gets a pay increase every year for doing the same job they did the previous year. In the business world if you want a substantial raise then you have to take on more responsibilities within the company and perhaps work towards a promotion, not just whine like a child and go on strike.....
RidgewayVol November 01, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I think, based on my review of the salaries, the teachers are well compensated, but the students, for the most part, do excel. As I said, I'm from somewhere else, so compared to somewhere else, the schools here do a fine job. I suspect the day will come when we'll have to decide whose pensions and pay we are willing to protect and which ones we are willing to let wither. Teachers do not want a recent strike over minor issues to be fresh on the minds of taxpayers when that happens.
pb November 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Thank you for your comment JT. I do believe that an open and honest discourse on the topic is very important. That said, many teachers do work year round. They may not always be in the classroom with students but they are working-whether it's by doing professional development or preparing for the new school year. There are very few teachers who do the same thing year after year. How can they? They don't have the same students each year!! Each year teachers are asked to do more or be more. Teachers are asked not only to teach, but to be social workers, special ed teachers, etc. Teaching the future is tremendous responsibility!!! Especially since kids come to the table with many more issues than they used to. Teachers are not whiny children and that comment is an unfair characterization.
Casey November 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I can promise you that the 23.8% salary increase is untrue. It would be interesting to see how this highly distorted and inaccurate figure was derived.
Casey November 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM
JT, please go try and teach for a week. I'm sure it would be a piece of cake!
Casey November 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Compare the high school teachers salaries to nearby high school districts. You may change your mind about the "we'll compensated" comment.


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