Please join us!

The teachers of the Dixon Education Association would like to invite the parents and members of the community to join us tomorrow (Friday 3/8) at central office from 12 – 1. We will be there to support our negotiation team as they head into another negotiation session with the school board. Please join us!

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5 Responses to Please join us!

  1. Cindy Mathiesen says:

    I hope your strike is settled soon! I taught in Rock Falls District #13. We were on strike for 21 days. Stick together. Have a rally & ask for support monetarily from other teacher unions. We all need to stick together at times like these. Know that you are not alone.

  2. Keith Clarke says:

    Go teachers

  3. Keith Clarke says:

    I support the teachers and support their demands for smaller class sizes. I do not support the demand for a 4% raise. Who gets that these days? I have received a 1% raise for the past 4 years. I am quite sure none of my peers have received a 4% raise this past year. That’s just greedy. Also, insurance rates have skyrocketed in the past few years and the rest of us have had to keep pace with much, much larger insurance premiums which is not in line at all with what teachers pay which is a pittance. My husband is in construction and pays $4.00 PER HOUR for insurance. That totals $8000.00 per year out of pocket just for the premium. How does that stack up against what you pay? My office cancelled insurance for all employees who have working spouses with insurance. Also, for anyone who is interested you can go to http://www.outragenews.org to see what your teachers make per year. I fail to feel sorry for teachers who are making 60-90,000 per year for working less than 9 months of the year and paying a nominal fee for their insurance and don’t pay into Social Security. While I agree that most teachers are very hardworking, dedicated individuals it is time to have teachers pay their fair share. If this was all about the kids the teachers would be back to work. It’s all about greed so that’s why teachers are not back to work and costing the school district more money each day.

    • Addy says:

      Its negotiations, the DEA has lowered what they are asking to 2 %. Please watch the powerpoint and see how the negotiations have progressed from the beginning. While you were getting a 1% raise, the teachers were on a pay freeze.Teachers are far from greedy. They spend their own money in their classrooms, anywhere from extras for the kids to posters on the wall. The districts do not pay for those. Teachers have to continue to further their education to keep up with the educational trends and to maintain their teaching certificate. They pay for teachers is no where close to the amount they put into their education. Teachers do not pay into Social Security, therefore they can never receive it. That is a mute point. They pay into TRS set up by the state which is a whole mess in itself. As for working only 9 months of the year, that is a completely ignorant statement. The job never ends. It is not a clock in and clock out job. Teachers spend their summer going to professional development and working on curriculum. Many work part-time jobs in the summer to help make ends meet because they have bills to pay too. I support the Dixon teachers 100%! They should be praised for all they are fighting for. Everyone, teachers, students, and families, deserve the best in the schools.

  4. Lee says:

    The meeting with the board started at 1 p.m. It is now almost 11 p.m. and the negotiating team is still there. And no dinner! Kudos to the team. Thank you for all you do towards a settlement. Hang in there. You have a lot of support out here.

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