Letter: District 86 Board majority wanted a teachers’ strike

From the beginning, it has seemed that the new District 86 Board majority wanted a teachers’ strike. One member even stated that people should feel privileged to teach in this district and don’t need top compensation levels. The board has engaged in innuendos and personal attacks to disrespect the union and the teachers. The teachers have been trying since 2013 to negotiate their contract that ends this June 30. It was the union that asked for a federal mediator to facilitate meetings. Finally, in desperation the teachers voted unanimously to go on strike if the contract ends and there is no new reasonable offer.

Since taking office, this board has spent at least $856,000 on newly created non-educational expenses. It is true that as soon as the election votes were counted, administrators began to flee, necessitating an expensive executive search for interim and permanent people. The board also created another expensive new administrative position

We believe the zero levy vote was not really to save taxpayers a few dollars. The zero levy coupled with wild non-educational spending was designed to empty the coffers before negotiations with the teacher’s union began. The many board press releases maligning unions and this union are proof. The community sees the board’s wasteful and reckless actions. We support the dedicated professionals who teach our students.

Carla and Leonard Feinkind

Hinsdale

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