The last time the teachers went on strike in East St. Louis, they got everything they demanded, including back pay for the time they were on strike. Also, the student school year was extended into the summer vacation of the students to make up lost days caused by the strike.
The teachers got paid twice for the same days. Too bad the state of Illinois has not enacted New York State’s Taylor Law, which forbids teachers’ unions from going on strike during the school year and requires penalties to include jail time for union officers and loss of check-off privileges for the term of the new contract.
James Harrigan, Cahokia