EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - East St. Louis teachers promise to stay on the picket line, even as pay-checks are being threatened as the strike heads into its third week. Some of the strikers have received their last paycheck until the strike is resolved.
As teachers continue to walk the picket lines, teachers were last paid on Thursday and depending on how long the strike last, they will receive their last full pay check at the end of the month.
However, other employees like clerks, secretaries and non-certified staff have received their last pay check until the strike is resolved.
As for the East St. Louis football team, they did not play this week which means they will not be in the Illinois state high school playoffs.
We are told some students are starting to transfer out of the district.
Both sides say the strike is hurting students as the stalemate drags on, forcing students to miss classes and other educational opportunities.
The teachers union says they will continue to walk to walk the picket line because they have too much at stake.
Dave Comerford/Illinois Federations of Teachers: “This strike could last month’s so we are in a difficult situations the school district is refusing to bargain since the strike began so until their side decide want to sit back down with the union and work out a compromise and get the students back in school the strike will continue”.
The two sides are at odds over the contract proposal that the district said would save the school system at least $10 million dollars over 10 years.