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District 33 Notified of Strike Date by ETAWC

Elementary Dist 33

     Last night, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 District 33 received notice from the Teachers’ Union (ETAWC) that the teachers will strike on Monday, February 4, 2013 unless an agreement is reached by that date.

     Both parties met yesterday afternoon and are scheduled to meet again on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Board President, Dr. Chris Scheck stated “We discussed with the Union our willingness to move on several issues, but we cannot settle this contract until we discuss financial proposals that address our economic constraints. We have not received an economic proposal from the Union since January 4, 2013.”

Detailed guidelines and procedures are being provided to parents via the District’s phone emergency notification system, email and posted on the District’s website, . We encourage any parent to contact Gina Steinbrecher, Community Relations Specialist, by phone at 630-293-6000 x201 or by email at should they have questions or need additional information.

The District 33 Board of Education extends their appreciation to the West Chicago community and District 33 parents for their cooperation and request their continued patience and support in this matter.

Status and Key Issues
January 30, 2013

  • The District 33 Board of Education (BOE) and ETAWC (the Teachers’ Union) are still far apart on the financial issues of salary and health insurance.

  • ETAWC filed a Notice of Intent to Strike on December 21, 2012 allowing them to strike at any time after January 1, 2013.

  • ETAWC informed the District that teachers will go on strike Monday, February 4, 2013 if no agreement is reached before that date. (February 4, 2013)

  • The BOE and ETAWC met on January 3rd, 4th, 9th and 29th and are scheduled to meet again on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

  • The BOE provided ETAWC with a settlement offer on January 9, 2013 which included substantial modifications to its healthcare and retirement proposals. The BOE proposed delaying implementation of healthcare changes and eliminating the healthcare cap.

  • ETAWC did not accept the BOE’s settlement offer and the BOE has not received a proposal from ETAWC Since January 4, 2013.

  • At its January 10, 2013 meeting, the BOE announced their intent to begin implementation of its last best offer at the February 21, 2013 BOE meeting if an agreement has not been reached. Negotiations have continued for over 17 months. The District continues to pay salaries and insurance based on the expired contract. District 33 needs closure on the economic issues.

  • The BOE remains committed to a fiscally responsible contract.

  • District 33 has already reduced reading specialists, teachers in the gifted program, librarians, and other programs which benefit our students. We anticipate additional program reductions next year. We are doing what is necessary now in order to mitigate the negative impact on our District’s educational programs.

  • Any change to healthcare plans will be rolled out across all employee groups.

  • The BOE has heard from many urging us to remain resolute in our position – we will.


  • Mr. Dave Barclay
    Secretary, Board of Education

  • Dr. Kathy Wolfe
    District 33,


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