Murphysboro – Murphysboro teachers are set to strike for the fifth consecutive day Wednesday. The Murphysboro Education Association (MEA) and Murphysboro CUSD #186 failed to reach an agreement during Tuesday night’s negotiations, which will resume Wednesday night at 5 p.m.
The two entities posted statements following the meeting on their individual Facebook pages. From the MEA:
From the school district:
“The Board Team met with the Teacher Team and provided another generous offer. They refused. The Board Team then suggested to resolve the strike tonight by bringing in an independent fact finder or engage in interest arbitration per the administrative code (Ill Admin 1130.50). The Board and Teachers would agree to accept whatever amount is recommended by the independent arbitrator. Again the Teacher Team refused. Finally, the Board Team suggested a one year contract at 3.2% on the cell, which was also declined by the teacher team. 3.2% is meeting exactly in the middle from the last two offers exchanged. Each proposal presented by the Board tonight would have brought students back to school tomorrow. All three options are still on the table should teachers change their minds.”
The Illinois Education Association has encouraged members across the state to wear red Wednesday in support of the Murphysboro teachers.