O'Fallon District 104 teachers file intent to strike

News-DemocratFebruary 3, 2014 

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For more than half the school year, teachers in Central School District 104 in O'Fallon have been working without a contract. If a new contract isn't reached between the district and its teachers union within the next 10 days, teachers have the option to strike.

On Monday, St. Clair County Regional Superintendent Susan Sarfaty said she received an intent to strike notice from the teachers union at Central District 104. The reasons listed for the strike were working conditions, wages and benefits, according to Sarfaty.

By state law, the union may strike as early as Feb. 13.

Central District 104 Superintendent John Bute said in an email he could not comment on "the ongoing negotiations, topics or process" and directed all questions to the district's attorney, Garrett Hoerner. Hoerner could not be reached for comment.

Aviva Bowen, spokeswoman for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, confirmed an intent to strike has been filed but said negotiations are ongoing.

The district's current teachers contract expired Aug. 31, and negotiations for the new contract began July 10. A federal mediator was brought in to assist with negotiations late last year.

The new contract would impact 44 teachers and 26 support staff members. The support staff voted to join the teacher's union last school year.

The district has approximately 585 students in grades K-8.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

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