Huntley-area schools closed because of strike; negotiations resume

Classes for 8,200 students in Huntley-area schools were canceled Monday after teachers went on strike. Full Story
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Darkwater

Wheaton, IL

#1 Sep 16, 2008
Fire them all, and hire new. Strike settled!
annjilly

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 16, 2008
I agree with Darkwater. In this day of unemployment there must be 2 more qualified teachers for every teacher that is on strike. PUBLIC EMPLOYEES should be barred from striking.
cadman

Huntley, IL

#3 Sep 16, 2008
Their demands with benefits and perks is still over 30% and they will not back down. For starters 6%, 7%, then 8% raises. They want 9% paid to their pension fund and free insurance.I for one would like to see forclosures on somethe teachers homes and maybe repo an Escalade or two.Maybe that would wake them up to the fact that a raise of over 5% now is very good.
DrVenture

Fort Wayne, IN

#4 Sep 16, 2008
Well, if this was the City of Chicago we were talking about there might be fast food employees more qualified than the current staff. But Dist 158 actually has excellent and highly motivated educators. But, you all are entitled to your opinions, no matter how uninformed they may be.
annjilly

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 16, 2008
cadman wrote:
Their demands with benefits and perks is still over 30% and they will not back down. For starters 6%, 7%, then 8% raises. They want 9% paid to their pension fund and free insurance.I for one would like to see forclosures on somethe teachers homes and maybe repo an Escalade or two.Maybe that would wake them up to the fact that a raise of over 5% now is very good.
A job, and 3% is good. GREED not thankful
DrVenture

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Sep 16, 2008
I believe that is Carpentersville where the underpaid ride around in Escalades on 22's waiting on repo notices. Your attitude towards educators explains why the Capentersville schools are so poorly regarded.
taxnomore08

United States

#7 Sep 16, 2008
too bad it's not snowing yet, I'd love to see them picked then, they don't think of the kids they are affecting, just thinking about themselves, the economy is bad right now, they should be thankful they have a job, they turned down a 17.8% over 3 years that's pretty good. They have lost all my respect.
Taxpayer

United States

#8 Sep 16, 2008
Never ever ever ever negotiate with terroists.

Fire them all.

This has nothing to do with teachers, this has to do with unions and their BS entitlement ideology and extortionist techniques.

At some point, look at your pay check and figure out who it is you work for.
DrVenture

Fort Wayne, IN

#9 Sep 16, 2008
You mean all those kids in Fairfax, VA? Two days off school is hardly tearing up any of the kids here. But, if the Huntley BoE cared about that they would reach a fair and equitable resolution, rather than attempting to inflame public opinion by releasing only what suits them.
Jaszamin

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 16, 2008
DrVenture
I do echo the fact these educators are being greedy and discount is an arrogant stance. I have educators throughout my family making well into 60K a year. I think like any hard work you can achieve your mark, I dont believe it should be given to them early or prematurely. These are the same educators that once this is setteled they will be fighting again in a year or to for more. there is no end and the ONLY ones hurt are the children, nice lesson learned though, cry enough, you get what you want regaurdless the cost and the people you hurt!
DrVenture

Fort Wayne, IN

#12 Sep 16, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
Never ever ever ever negotiate with terroists.
Fire them all.
This has nothing to do with teachers, this has to do with unions and their BS entitlement ideology and extortionist techniques.
At some point, look at your pay check and figure out who it is you work for.
You are actually calling these teachers "terrorists"? Get a grip.

Yeah, if only we give the authorities unfettered power and stop organizing they will do the right thing and take care of the little people. They always do. Probably they will forego their "golden parachutes", to make sure the little guy has food on the table and necessary health care. Good thinking!

I'll bet you believe in the Tooth Fairy and trickle down economics too.
DrVenture

Fort Wayne, IN

#13 Sep 16, 2008
Jaszamin wrote:
DrVenture
I do echo the fact these educators are being greedy and discount is an arrogant stance. I have educators throughout my family making well into 60K a year. I think like any hard work you can achieve your mark, I dont believe it should be given to them early or prematurely. These are the same educators that once this is setteled they will be fighting again in a year or to for more. there is no end and the ONLY ones hurt are the children, nice lesson learned though, cry enough, you get what you want regaurdless the cost and the people you hurt!
If only those educators in your family were better paid they might have taught you how to spell "reguardless".
BigD

Naperville, IL

#14 Sep 16, 2008
If the teachers can earn more money working elsewhere, then they should work elsewhere.

If the school district can find qualified teachers willing to work for less, then they should hire them. It's a free economy, with the exception of the unions.
Taxpayer

United States

#15 Sep 16, 2008
I think I was clear, teachers are not the problem, unions are.

When little people want to extort money from taxpayers they should get fired on the spot.

If the little people don't think they get paid enough, they should go get another job.

If you believe that you are entitled to a pay rate that you think is enough and benifits that you think are adequate, go start your own business.

Otherwise you are just one more easily replacable employee.
DrVenture wrote:
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You are actually calling these teachers "terrorists"? Get a grip.
Yeah, if only we give the authorities unfettered power and stop organizing they will do the right thing and take care of the little people. They always do. Probably they will forego their "golden parachutes", to make sure the little guy has food on the table and necessary health care. Good thinking!
I'll bet you believe in the Tooth Fairy and trickle down economics too.
DrVenture

Fort Wayne, IN

#16 Sep 16, 2008
BigD, ever heard the term, "divide and conquer"?

Well, I suppose if we drive down wages far enough we can compete with the third world. Or maybe become them. They have no unions.
DrVenture

Fort Wayne, IN

#17 Sep 16, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
I think I was clear, teachers are not the problem, unions are.
...
If you believe that you are entitled to a pay rate that you think is enough and benifits that you think are adequate, go start your own business.
Otherwise you are just one more easily replacable employee.
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The union members ARE the unions!

That is the point you are missing. And because of District 158 educators my 14 year old can actually spell "benifits".
osama obama

Elk Grove Village, IL

#18 Sep 16, 2008
DrVenture wrote:
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You are actually calling these teachers "terrorists"? Get a grip.
Yeah, if only we give the authorities unfettered power and stop organizing they will do the right thing and take care of the little people. They always do. Probably they will forego their "golden parachutes", to make sure the little guy has food on the table and necessary health care. Good thinking!
I'll bet you believe in the Tooth Fairy and trickle down economics too.
they may not be terrorists but there are exstortionists.they are goverment employees who only work 1200 hrs. a year.early retierment for all with a lifetime pension that adjusts for inflation.
Taxpayer

Algonquin, IL

#19 Sep 16, 2008
The BOE has made enough concessions. The teachers were glad to take employment in this district when they were first hired. Conditions could not have been that bad. Now, when contracts are up for renewal, they want it all. They want to be treated as a school district that is already established and has the excellent test scores to prove it. They should get raises based on merit - not soley on being present in the district.

They are complaining about the hours they have to put in. Most ordinary employees of a company are said to work 8 hour days, but in reality work 9-11 hours every day. It is expected and demanded or they will be fired. It must be nice to have such job security and days off.

Just a side note - check with the local unemployment office and see how there was and is a sudden influx of teachers applying for unemployment since the strick began. This strike has been planned all along and the teahcers will get paid for their time off - either by a "back-pay" clause in a negotiated contract or by unemployment.
Taxpayer

United States

#20 Sep 16, 2008
You must be the one Huntley teacher who is too lazy to even picket.
DrVenture wrote:
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The union members ARE the unions!
That is the point you are missing. And because of District 158 educators my 14 year old can actually spell "benifits".
Thomas

Oklahoma City, OK

#21 Sep 16, 2008
How come the huntley teachers didn't go on strike in June? Oh yeah, they were on vacation for 3 months.

Do any non teachers here get 3 months paid time off from their employers?

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