Alton Teachers Reject Contract
Alton, Ill. – Union teachers in Alton, Ill. rejected a two-year contract proposal on Thursday; officials say they'll now file an intent-to-strike notice.
Talks with a mediator have been scheduled for next month. Union leaders say members didn't want to lose 50 custodial jobs that the Alton school board asked them to forfeit.
The board offered, as part of the proposal, to put 10% of new money into teachers' salaries.
Illinois law requires teachers to give a ten-day notice before striking. Alton Education Association President Glenna Picket that notice will be filed Friday.
Alton Superintendent James Baiter says he's disappointed with the vote, but adds both sides must get back together and reopen discussions.