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D-300 union submits strike notice

CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300's teachers union earlier this week formally filed an intent to strike notice, a procedural move that doesn't necessarily mean a strike is imminent, union officials said.

LEAD 300 President Kolleen Hanetho said the union delivered the notice to the district and Regional Board of Education shortly before entering into another bargaining session Tuesday evening.

The earliest the union's 1,300 teachers can strike is Dec. 4, Hanetho said. But she said the union still is committed to brokering a new deal with the district board.

"We are following the timelines," Hanetho said of the strike notice. "It's the next step we need to follow. It's not our intention to go out. We want to bargain."

LEAD 300 declared an official impasse in negotiations Nov. 5, giving them roughly a month to bargain before being allowed to picket. Members overwhelmingly authorized the ability to strike last month.

The months-long negotiations have involved differences on a litany of issues, including reducing class sizes and how to finance it.

Check the NWHerald.com later for a full version of this report.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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