As negotiations continue between the and some people would like to know the specific positions of the both sides.
Negotiations take place behind closed doors and the only thing Deerfield residents know is what the union and the District choose to disclose unless an impasse is declared by one side or the other, according to Union President Dennis Jensen.
at the time the union voted to give its representatives authority to call a strike. Once an impasse is declared both sides have seven days to make their last and final offer. Those positions will be made public seven days later.
Some Patch readers are ready for the impasse because they want the opportunity to evaluate the demands of both parties. The latest unscientific Patch Poll appearing beneath this story is designed to gauge public interest in the declaration of an impasse.
“Week after week it is ‘Little Progress Made.’ We, the community, have no idea what is happening behind closed doors,” writes Robyn Whiteman. “I am for the impasse. It is time to put all your cards on the table. There will be no more hiding.”
Katie Bittner is willing to go further than learn positions published after an impasse is in place. She is ready to stand on a picket line.
“We will support our teachers as they have supported our children,” writes Bittner. “If this Board cannot come to agreement we will walk with the teachers and support whatever hard decision they have to make.”
Not everyone is siding with the teachers on compensation. Another reader, Carol, thinks teachers are already paid enough. She points out starting salaries are $41,140 and the highest paid teachers receive $111,244.
“There seems to be a perception that our teachers are underpaid or down trodden,” Carol writes. “Only one district, Bannockburn had a higher starting rate of pay. Not only is (District) 109 competitive when it comes to teacher salaries, they blow most other districts out of the water.
John Russillo questions whether Board and administration are trying to break the union. He criticized a Board member who he writes claims “This doesn’t happen in (Township High School) District 113,” which does not have a union.
“We are seeing the type of union-breaking attitude that is, I'm sure, a major factor in these talks,” Russillo writes. “I really don't care whether teachers are unionized or not. But if you are dealing with union teachers you can't act like that.”
Voting in this poll will end at midnight Tuesday. Patch will publish the results Wednesday.