Gallery: From the District 46 Picket Lines

Teachers in District 46 began their first day on the picket lines Wednesday, Jan. 16. The strike continues for Thursday. School is again cancelled.

Walk the Line

It was freezing cold outside, but striking District 46 teachers bundled up in preparation for their first day of picketing on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

More than 300 teachers went on strike after Tuesday's eight-hour mediation session with the school board ended without a new contract agreement. Teachers have been without a contract since July 2012.

Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said teachers were present at the picket lines at all school buildings as of 7:30 a.m. They continued picketing until about 3 p.m., the end of the normal school day for most D46 schools.

Teachers walked the picket lines with signs reading: "I deserve a fair contract," "We're not asking for what the board can't give," "I have a master's degree" and "I make a difference for your child."

Along picket routes, such as busy Route 83, many vehicles could be heard honking in response.

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Tell Us: Did you see the picketing? How did you react?

Lennie Jarratt January 19, 2013 at 02:53 AM
It sounds like you are protesting the townhall meeting just a little too much. Why are you so scared of my presentation?
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Why do you assume I am scared? It's unfair for you to represent that your meetings have any value to the current strike. Lennie, I'll go toe to toe with you but it will be a useless debate because you have no knowledge on current education policy.
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Let me restate that, you I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say you have some knowledge, but not as much as I do.
Swanson11 January 19, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Why do the costs and numbers the BOE provides change almost every other day? Why does the state say that there is more money? Do you know if that if this strike goes on for a few weeks and these weeks aren't made up that D46 will lose even more money? The BOE is ok with this because they don't believe they are going to receive the money anyway. Have you looked at the union information as well. I have looked at both sides and yes I did attend board meetings.
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 07:33 PM
350 people showed up Sunday in the freezing cold to support the teachers of their district. That’s: • 10 times the number that showed up for either of the For Our Children’s Future town halls. • 10 times the number, on average, that shows up to BOE meetings. • 5 times the number that have ever shown up for a BOE meeting (in recent history). 30 local business showed their support for the teachers by supplying food, providing parking, providing warming shelters, allowing access to their bathrooms, and donating cash to help teachers that might need it in a prolonged strike. Residual benefits went to local food banks through excess donations. That’s: • 10 times the number of local business’s that spoke at any levy hearing. • Equal to the number of attendants at any For Our Children’s Future town Hall. • Equal to or greater than the average attendance at a BOE meeting. Actions speak louder than words. I applaud the board for listening to the public. I only wish the silent majority had been more vocal at the levy hearings. It’s too late to do what the public really wanted.


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