Are the teachers going on strike?

The Dixon teachers have given their negotiation team the option to call a strike if needed. ​It is not our intention to strike. We want a swift and fair resolution to our contract dispute.

If teachers get a raise, will my taxes to go up?

This is not true. The DEA with the help of IEA researched the financial health of the district and a modest raise for teachers will not cause taxes to rise. The District is financially healthy.

What does Impasse mean?

Impasse means that, given the present circumstances, at least one side of a bargained issue has come to believe that no further progress is being made. It does not however, eliminate the possibility of meeting to continue bargaining if both sides are willing to negotiate in good faith. Impasse is also a technical term under the rules and regulations that govern negotiations between a public school board and a recognized bargaining unit, in this case the Dixon Education Association.

Once impasse is declared things are required to happen: first, you must post notice and inform the other party, the federal mediator, and the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB, the state’s authority on educational contract negotiations and other labor matters); second, both sides will publicly post their “final offers” within seven (7) days; the IELRB will publicly post both offers on its own website within a further seven (7) days.

Impasse does NOT mean that a strike is necessarily imminent.

What happens in a strike?

A strike is somewhat unpredictable, but in general, striking employees show up at their workplace and take shifts picketing or providing information. The district can attempt to keep the schools open with subs but this is difficult since there are no teachers in the building to help the subs and no lesson plans for instruction. Negotiations continue with added pressure to bring the matter to an end.

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