EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) - Tuesday marks day 13 of the East St. Louis teachers strike as a deadlock continues over one key issue. Negotiations will resume with an outsider at the table.
This is the third week that East St. Louis students are not in the classroom. Today, both sides are going to sit back down at the table and start talking things out again. This time they'll be negotiating in front of a federal mediator.
Demonstrations continued outside School District 189's headquarters yesterday. Several pastors joined the picket line, calling for an end to the strike. Clergy members say it's time to get children back into the classrooms.
Nearly 6,000 students have been out of school since October 1st when the strike began. That includes athletes who have forfeited games and seniors who could miss out on college scholarships.
The key issue causing the deadlock is a money-saving proposal from the district that changes the teachers' pay scale. They won't agree to it.
The district also turned down three of the union's counter-offers.