109 Mediation Resumes Monday

Union gets preview of counterproposal ahead of talks.

Compensation will be a key issue when mediation resumes Monday between the and as the two sides continue attempts to end the contract talks going on between the two sides since September.

hoped to receive counterproposals from the District ahead of Monday’s discussions to make the talks more productive. His wish was granted in part.


“We received their counter proposals on special education and evaluations Friday but nothing on compensation or insurance,” Jensen said. “We were pleased to receive them so we have an opportunity to look them over.”

School Board and District negotiating team member Steve Schwartz explained his group had no reason to address compensation at this time. “We made the last proposal,” he said. “They have not responded to our last offer (on compensation).”

Meanwhile, gauging reader opinion on how much teacher pay should be increased. As of noon today, 164 people voiced their opinion and there is a narrow difference of opinion in the community.

Please voice your opinion in the comments section of this story letting the negotiators know  what you would like to see come out of Monday’s mediation session. It is the last chance for the residents of Deerfield to let the negotiators know how you feel before they talk again.

Patch will publish the results of the poll and some of the comments to this story Monday morning.

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Randy Mungerson April 01, 2012 at 03:12 PM
SBrown, agree with you 100%....... John, get your head out of this blog once and a while and listen to whats really going on in the private sector and you'll find out how out of touch your comments and "beliefs" are. I work for a Fortune 300 company, our average salary increase last two years..... 0%. Average salary increase over 5 years 3.75%. Average increase to Healthcare cost to employees for PPO last 3 years > 18%. So why should taxpayers GIVE teachers and administrators more than what they're are getting in the private sector? And don't tell me if we don't we will lose quality teachers or that the quality of our children's education will go down or worse yet, that our home values will drop. Teachers and administrators need to know the days of fiscally irresponsible contracts are OVER!
John Russillo April 01, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Administrators are not included in this negotiation. The Board is happy to give them anything and everything they want.
acdp April 02, 2012 at 02:10 AM
At the end of the day, our children will be the ones that will suffer right along with their teachers. We have so much to be thankful for when it comes to the teachers in district 109. I thought there was a no tolerance rule for bullying in this district! If the board is trying to do away with Union then just come out and say it already! The Board has lost the trust of a large portion of this community. They have an opportunity to do the right thing for the teachers and the students. The teachers do NOT deserve to be disrespected in they way the have been in the last year. Where is the thanks from the Board for all the great work they have done with our children? These teachers were hired in this district because there was something special about them. We have the luxury of hiring the best of the best in our district, that is why families move to Deerfield! Community members, please take the time to show support for our teachers. It has been a rough road for them and we need to remind them that we do appreciate the hard work that goes into teaching our children. This has gone on long enough, the support our children receive from their teachers makes a difference, our support for the teachers makes a difference too!
LJB April 02, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Randy, I'd imagine the "Fortune 300" company you work for is a FOR PROFIT company. That may have something to do with the lack of salary increases... lack of profits! School districts are NON PROFIT or at least should be. As tax payers we should all be concerned with their choice to stock pile our hefty tax dollars when the money should be spent on the students, the teachers and keeping up the aging buildings. The board and the administrators should be ashamed of themselves.
MSB April 02, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Randy, I would venture to say at least one person got a raise in your company – rain or shine. If your business model is unsustainable than your CEO probably needs to offshore your positions for cheaper wages or sell out to one of his/her buddies in which case they will again reap the temporary rewards for a very select few. Since they can no longer cook the books as easily, guess what – they will lay off 10,000 people in a blink of an eye when they aren’t meeting Wall Street expectations; and when you beat Wall Street estimates they will lay off 10,000 employees in order to sustain future earnings. The only thing I’ve ever seen trickle down is their p!ss. So don’t blame your issues on the teachers.


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