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Burr Ridge Teachers Union Files Strike Notice

The teachers of District 180 have been without a contract since September and attempts at mediation have been unsuccessful so far.

The teachers union have filed a strike notice against the district. This latest turn of events took place on March 16 after the teachers and school district were unable to reach an agreement during a third attempt at mediation on March 7.

Lynn Moynihan, union president of the Teachers Organization of Palisades said the district's representation presented teachers with two offers the evening of March 7, which previously had been rejected.

"We had presented four different proposals [to the board,] none of which the board worked off of," said Moynihan during Monday night's school board meeting.

The teachers have been working without a contract since last September.

Two sticking points in the negotiations are the percentage of salary increase and the length of the school day for teachers at .

The teachers are asking for an increase between 4 and 6 percent for each of the next four years (depending on inflation,) while the district is offering a 2.5 percent increase for each of the next four years, with a 10 percent bump in what the district is currently paying for single coverage health insurance.

"The board’s offer is tied to the Consumer Price Index, which sets the district’s levy and property taxes. We guarantee at 2 ½ percent, but if the CPI is up to 3.75 then that would become the additional raise," said Superintendent Tom Schneider.

Schneider pointed out that the district is anticipating a deficit of $800,000 in the budget, due in part to the possibility that Impact Aid to the district will be eliminated. He said this is influencing how much the board can negotiate.

The President's budget for Fiscal Year 2013 has eliminated Impact Aid funds, which amounts to $400,000 for District 180. The district has been asking residents to contact Judy Biggert and other legislators to convince congress to keep funding Impact Aid.

Impact Aid is a national program that helps school districts that have within their boundaries large parcels of land that are owned by the federal government and thus, do not pay taxes to the school district. District 180 was receiving Impact Aid for Argonne National Labs.

The teachers said they had made a proposal taking into account the fact that Impact Aid funds might be cut, and that the board's offer is still low for DuPage County, especially under the new contract.

"We are being asked to work additional time with this new contract," said Kristen Drain, TOP vice president and a kindergarten teacher at Anne M. Jeans, referring to an extra 20 minutes that would be added onto the school day of the elementary school.

Schneider said that the 20 minutes would equalize the workday for both schools and improve student achievement.

"Charter schools are able to show amazing growth with their students because they can expand the amount of time students receive instruction," said Schneider.

Char Wenc, a former school board member and current faculty member of the district asked what the base salary was for teachers in comparable districts.

"In relationship to districts that our similar to ours, they are fairly paid," said Paula Dupont, board president, who said the board surveyed all schools within a five-mile radius to determine a fair salary offer. "We don’t feel [District 180] is comparable to and . We're much more [socioeconomically] similar five miles in the other direction ... We're not downtown Hinsdale."

The next mediation session between representatives of the district and teachers union is scheduled for April 26, which Moynihan said is unacceptable. Moynihan said that if the school board does not move the date up, the next step would be for both sides to submit their final offers and for the teachers to go on strike.

According to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, a strike can not happen until two weeks after both sides have presented final offers.

Dupont said the school board already had presented its best offer.

"We think we have a very fair offer on the table that works with monies we know we can commit to, that won’t take away from the current programs that we have and the staffing levels that we have. Promising anything more puts those things at risk," said Dupont.

Steve Miller April 06, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Sue, I believe you are a bit misguided. The salaries listed above are for the high school and this article is regarding SD180. Are you intentionally being deceptive or were you confused about which school district the article was discussing. I did go to the champion website as you suggested, and here are the actual salaries of SD180...not quite the same as the ones you've listed previously.
Steve Miller April 06, 2012 at 01:08 PM
CCSD 180 2011 - Barkstrom, Katherine $50,334 Bazon, Christine $54,107 Biersborn, Dawn $61,819 Brann, Diana $82,299 Burlingame, Danica $46,399 Carr, Jennifer $52,166 Clausen, Cinthia $86,065 Collins, Carol $98,331 Collins, Kelly $50,606 Crafton, David $70,752 Cushing, Julia $43,625 Dabrowski, Julianne $42,995 Delay-Panatera, Deborah $81,765 Drain, Kristen $43,252 Dudzinski, Janet $56,005 Elder, Jennifer $63,493 Evans, Karen $53,046 Few, Courtney $34,931 France, Rick $52,641 Frisby, Francine $59,826 Hernandez, Victor $47,892 Hickman, Megan $61,874 Jaczak, Daniel $53,273 Kinsman, Mary $83,504 Klass, Janet $48,464 Kotansky, Dyann $62,275 LaCassa, Michael $56,622 Lebedevs, Lara $48,973 LeBlanc, Debra $165,351 Licko, Mary $64,608 Lopresti, Alana $41,342 Madarang, Julie $98,262 Malatia, Dawn $52,406 Mandelka, Christine $62,019 Mc Carthy, Brandy $54,639 McVady, Ann $54,482 Minger, Michelle $58,624 Moynihan, Lynn $59,220 Pekara, Alisha $58,573 Pickens, Tenika $68,752 Potempa, Tracey $54,170 Pry, Tamara $90,363 Radtke, Meghan $65,233 Reinhart, Scott $68,453 Reynolds, Beth $55,966 Ritchey, Tracy $62,198 Rogers, Jennifer $60,649 Rossi, Sharon $57,405 Roth, Rene $57,232 Rowe, Jacqueline $59,165
Steve Miller April 06, 2012 at 01:10 PM
And let's not forget about the rest of these "overpaid" folks...this is the rest of SD180's salary list. Ryan, Melissa $58,911 Sarmiento, Maria $53,507 Schlemmer, Janet $66,573 Schneider, Thomas $164,001 Sea, Andrew $26,057 Smith, Catherine $102,544 Struthers, Sarah $49,535 Taylor, Beverly $93,638 Thanos, Steve $48,268 Tumpane, Candace $80,950 Van Howe, Holly $70,645 Vlk, Patricia $87,466 Wass, Jamie $61,599 Weil, Elaine $51,202 Wormley, Susan $64,949 Wright, Penelope $66,577 Yates, Tammy $71,263 Zavisin, Amy $75,721
Sue Sullivan April 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Steve, It appears you misunderstood my post. It states that I was providing an EXAMPLE and noted the school district that it represented and only a partial list. That can hardly be construed as "deceptive". I invited anyone to make their own search. I think the taxpayers in ALL districts are interested in this information. Therefore, I made a random choice. Thank you for posting the ones for 180 though- surely that will spark some conversation.
John Sullivan April 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Steve, let's look at a teacher at SD 180 who makes $60,000. Whatever the base raises, teacher compensation increases about 6% per year because they can get raises in 3-4 different ways. With health insurance, dental, prescription, eyeglasses, disability, life insurance, 12-15 paid sick days, 2-4 paid personal days, etc, benefits are about fifty cents on a dollar, making compensation $90,000 for 8 months work. At an annual rate, this is $135,000. If the teacher started at $40,000, this is at 7 years of employment. In 31 years, that teacher will get a pension of $273,964 with a 3% raise every year. To fund this pension, someone has to put in about $50,000 every year for 38 years. Let's say the teacher puts in $5,000. So, total compensation on an annual basis is $180,000. Median income in this country is $33,000 overall and lets guess $40,000 for a college graduate with about .25 in benefits per dollar in salary and virtually nothing towards retirement. He pays into Social Security with after-tax dollars while the teacher pension contributions are deductible - and gets about an eighth of the result. That teacher makes at least three times his counterpart in the private sector and the multiple increases as time goes on. At retirement age (58 average for teachers), the teacher will make six times his counterpart in the private sector. But it's okay - they make up for this by turning out a worse product every year!

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