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District 46 OKs new teacher contract

Updated: March 10, 2013 6:48AM

GRAYSLAKE — The approval this week by the Community Consolidated District 46 School Board of a new contract with the 325-member Grayslake Federation of Teachers marks an end to a contentious year of bargaining and a three-day teachers’ strike.

The School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the two-year contract, still in the final signatory stage, in which teachers will receive zero increases for the year 2012-13. However, for the second year, teaches will receive a $500 lump-sum stipend, which will be paid as part of the salary schedule.

Monetary provisions also include:

One lane change, or increase for degrees or course work, on Sept. 30

Base salary increase of $1,000 for off-schedule teachers, effective Sept. 15, 2013.

One-step increase for on-schedule teachers, without retroactive pay, on Feb. 15, 2014. A lane change will also be provided on that date, for qualifying staff, up to an aggregate cost of $3,200.

Extra-duty stipends frozen for both years.

The new contract also includes a provision to encourage retirement. Those who give written notice prior to March 1, will receive a 5.75 percent increase for four years. Those who give written notice after that date will receive an increase of 4 percent for three years.

The contract also calls for an extension of the school year by three days to make up time lost in the strike.

Teachers took to picket lines from Jan. 16-18 after federal mediation failed to produce an agreement. About 4,000 students were idled by the strike. The two sides came to an agreement on Jan. 22 after a marathon bargaining session that spanned the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The union voted to ratify the tentative agreement Jan. 30.

Another District 46 union, Professional and School Related Personnel, which is also represented by the Lake County Federation of teachers, also reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday.

The District 46 strike was the fourth walkout by teachers in Lake County since 2012.

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