Courtesy Fred Klonsky:

Tomorrow is day 11 of the Waukegan teacher strike.

Waukegan teachers, “It’s not about the money — it’s about respect.”

Letter from Waukegan union president Kathy Schwarz (via Fred Klonsky) http://ow.ly/CZVhm

The Board of Education still has yet to attend one negotiations session and the contract expired on 6/30/14.

On Wednesday, the Union gave the District administrators negotiating the contract a break from negotiations to take the time to regroup, reflect, meet with the Board to come up with a serious proposal to present to the Union. Negotiations have been constantly stalled by the District breaking to ask the Board for permission to sign off on proposals.

The community continues to support the Union, and the Union’s team and rank-and-file members spent the weekend reaching out to churches and community organizations to tell its side of the story. They make a strong coalition that is becoming stronger through this struggle.

Today Waukegan teachers, parents and students march in solidarity to the District office.

Tomorrow night (Monday October 20th), let’s rally online with a social media storm.

From 7-9 PM, tweet your support with the hashtag #WaukeganStrong.

Let’s make this trend and show the world that we support teachers!

Sample Tweets/Facebook posts (feel free to copy/paste into your status or make up your own — just use #WaukeganStrong)

Waukegan stands by its teachers! #WaukeganStrike #WaukeganStrong http://ow.ly/CZW2E
#Waukegan Board of Education – stop hiding behind your $275-an-hour Downtown Chicago lawyer! http://ow.ly/CZW6H #WaukeganStrong
#Waukegan teachers are under attack! What do we do? Stand up, fight back! http://ow.ly/i/7h5ib #WaukeganStrong #WaukeganStrike

Fred Klonsky | October 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Categories: Waukegan | URL: http://wp.me/p4C3g-9Wb

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