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Mokena School Board President Hopeful on Strike

Talks will resume on Monday between School District 159 and the Mokena Teachers Association.

Board President John Troy is hopeful the district and its teachers union can avoid a strike.

“I always thought talks could be resolved without a strike,” Troy said Wednesday after the Mokena Teachers Association decided Tuesday night to take the threat of a strike out of the equation for the time being.

Union spokesman Craig Martinus issued a release Tuesday night saying negotiations for a new contract would continue on Monday, Dec. 12. The teachers have been working without a contract since the previous pact expired over the summer.

The release cited “healthy and productive” talks with the school board. It was the first negotiating session since November.

On Wednesday, Martinus said there wasn't anything more to say until after talks resume on Monday.

, but has not filed the paperwork with the state, which is required before teachers can go on strike.

The union represents more than 90 teachers and other staffers at the district.

“It was a good negotiating session,” said Troy. “It was a positive step and fruitful. I’m looking forward to the next negotiating session on Monday.”

He said a second negotiating session also is tentatively scheduled for next Thursday.

Troy said the main sticking points between the teachers and school board have been health benefits and the salary schedule.

The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at and a crowd is expected.

Jen December 08, 2011 at 04:05 PM
<<<It was the first negotiating session>>> <<<He said a second negotiating session also is tentatively scheduled for next Thursday.>>> Hmm... If this week was the FIRST TIME there were any negotiations taking place, that would mean that up until this point, all parties involved have been asked to just sign the first original offer as presented, no matter what's in there, with no concessions or changes whatsoever. Yeah, must be all the teachers' fault. Even though the teachers aren't the ones who bring the contract to the table. Anyone got an extra pitchfork?
P O'd Parent December 08, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Hey Jen, Were you taught by a Mokena 159 Teacher?? I see you dont know how to read!!! You need to read this S L O W L Y!!! The statement reads "The release cited “healthy and productive” talks with the school board. It was the first negotiating session SINCE NOVEMBER." It also states: “It was a good negotiating session,” said Troy. “It was a positive step and fruitful. I’m looking forward to the NEXT NEGOTIATING SESSION ON MONDAY.” He said a SECOND NEGOTIATING session also is tentatively scheduled for next Thursday. Jen before you start pointing the finger at our elected Volunteer board members that all take time away from their families, learn to read and comprihend, Hey Jen when your beloved teachers do go on strike are you going to help make the signs or are you going to help hold the signs??
Fact Checker December 08, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Hey PO'd... Clearly you WEREN'T taught by a Mokena 159 teacher - you'd surely be able to spell the word C - O - M - P - R - E - H - E - N - D. Learn to spell.
Concerned Taxpayer December 09, 2011 at 12:33 AM
PO'd---When you are writing in these blogs, I wouldn't recommend appointing yourself as the grammar police. I read many things that you've written in these blogs and your grammar is nothing to brag about. If you think Mokena teachers are so bad, then why would you send your children to the school district?
Joann Jeffers December 09, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I agree totally with "Concerned Taxpayer". Please proofread your entries!
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, And Joann, Really is that your way of deflecting away from the point of the post, A TYPO!!!! Wow that is the best you have?? ROTFLMAO!!!!! Wow you teachers and Union Sympathizers really are a joke!! Tell ya what I will missspell at least one word from every post so you can have something to whine about.
Mad at Dad December 09, 2011 at 03:50 PM
You can start by learning the difference between "you're" and "your", ask your quality teacher friend to educate you.
Mad at Dad December 09, 2011 at 04:03 PM
I was making a point when responding to Charlene, try reading it again S-L-O-W-L-Y and maybe you will understand. Absolutely it makes a difference where business owners stand on issues when deciding where I spend my money. For example, Area Landscaping is always supporting our schools and community, I use and recommend them often.
Fact Checker December 09, 2011 at 05:22 PM
PO'd, A typo was it? Maybe you should look at the keyboard C - A - R - E - F - U - L - L - Y. You type the "I" with your right hand and the "E" with your left. It's OK if you can't spell... maybe you just didn't have the advantage of good teachers. Perhaps that's why you harbor so much unreasonable bitterness toward the quality teachers of Mokena...
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 08:30 PM
You teachers and union sympathizers are killing me!!! ROTFLMAO!! AGAIN you’re (happy, Mad at Dad?) supporting a blogger that has absolutely no clue about what she is typing, but blasts the school board for the hell of it!! Over a Typo or if fact checker wants to call it a misspelled word so be it!! I just love the way you try hard to deflect the ignorance of your suppporters!! Fact Girl, What you call unreasonable I call not enough of the in your face, like they are doing to us with those stupid green shirts!! Quality teachers where??? Oh you mean in Frankfort, Manhattan and Summit Hill?? They all have better test scores than Mokena! Fact Checker did you find the misspelled word?? Hint- it begins with an S and ends with an S.
Fact Checker December 09, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Dear PO'd, I'm glad to hear you are ROTFL-ing! New everyone can say in truth that we're not just laughing at you, we're laughing with you. Please keep posting! You are the most entertaining thing to happen to the Patch in a long time... Now you can respond with another of your mean-spirited posts for which you are so famous! I'm sure it will start with "You teachers and union sympathizers" and end with something in all capital letters...
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Mad at Dad, what you did is despicable, and comes right out of the union thug book of how to bully community members that differ from your opinion!! Again why don’t you tell us who YOU are and where YOU work so we can come to your place of businesss and let your employer know we will never do business there again because you’re a BULLY!!! You disgust me!! Of all the blogs I have read I have never seen anyone do what you did. You’re P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C -!-!-! Fact checker did you find the misspelled word?? Hint, starts with a “B” and ends with an “S”.
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Can you Teachers and Union Sympathizers please explain what “ROTFL-ing! New everyone can say in truth” means??? I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND!! Fact checker, we will use your misspelled word this time,, Can you find it??
Fact Checker December 09, 2011 at 09:38 PM
PO, "Union thug book"... that's a good one. You know what else is funny? It's you calling someone a bully! Here's one of your better quotes: "I tell you this, if you strike, you will not want to be teaching my kids when its over and call us in for teacher/parent confrences, you wont like what I have to say!! The mokena Teachers UNION IS PATHETIC!!!!" So hypocritical, so ignorant, so amusing... P.S. I especially like some of the highlights in this one from our resident wordsmith - "confrences", "wont", "its", and "mokena"...
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) December 09, 2011 at 09:40 PM
I used to get all As in spelling as a kid. I took a lot of pride in proper spelling and grammar. As I get older and type faster, I see myself making more typos and not catching them. It bugs me. And using those darn iPhone and iPad keyboards? Forget about it. But let's not pick on each other for spelling or grammar mistakes in Patch comments. Truth is, most of the comments posted have some sort of mistake. We're all human. Can we all just focus on debating the issue? Mokena parents, taxpayers and business owners are all passionate about their schools and good government, and those thoughts are worth sharing and reading. Thanks everyone. Dennis Robaugh Chicago regional editor
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Thanks Dennis, I love the debating with the others, it kinda makes my day!!
Mad at Dad December 09, 2011 at 10:01 PM
I certainly agree Mr. Robaugh, except when the offender is slamming educators, it's too ironic not to mention.
Mad at Dad December 09, 2011 at 10:08 PM
PO'd- Interesting board meeting last night. Just a thought, how come you didn't share your wisdom during public comment? I know exactly why, your secret is out.
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Couldn’t get through all those stupid green shirts to get to the table, and I hadn’t had the opportunity to get my red "YOUR FIRED" shirt made yet. I did enjoy when all you teachers got up and walked out at the same time!!!! What, were they done talking about your raises or lack thereof?? Its Amazing, the only time you see soo many teachers at a school board meeting is when they want more money!! Not that they care what goes on with the community or the children, all they care about is their money!!!!
Gail Erickson December 09, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Wow! PO'd you call what you are doing "debating"? You are not debating, you are name calling and acting childish because people are not taking your side. You seem like a very angry person. If you are so passionate about this then why hide behind your computer. You should have gone to the school board meeting and addressed the board, the community, and the "green shirted" enemy. It would also help if you knew what you were talking about...FACTS not assumptions.
Gina Zoetvelt December 09, 2011 at 11:04 PM
I'm reading these and what I find the most amusing is that the entire point of the artical isn't even being debated. Oh, and before I go any further, My e, p and space key are sticking so forgive me now if I have any typos or misspellings. Actually, I can't find anything to even debate. All I read was BOTH sides stating things like "healthy and productive," "good negotiating sessions," "positive and fruitful." There is nothing negative in this article at all so why all the negative posts?
Gina Zoetvelt December 09, 2011 at 11:05 PM
OOPS, just realized, my first article is misspelled. Again, before I get blasted, I apologize for the misspelling.
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Sorry Gail, I just get really PO'd when someone posts what Jen Posted. As if it’s the board’s fault that the community doesn’t have any money and the teachers want more of what we don't have!! Actually I am a very happy person can’t you tell when I am ROTFLMAO Ummm I was at the board meeting from start to finish yesterday, If I was hiding, I wouldn’t show up. Because I have 2 kids in the district, I choose to remain anonymous like fact checker and mad at dad. Which facts are incorrect??
P O'd Parent December 09, 2011 at 11:23 PM
In fact I really had no intention of posting on this article (believe it or not) I thought it was a good article, but Jens Ignorance PO'd me and the typing began. Then when typo became the topic of discussion and no longer was Jens post, well then it was just fun!!
nick December 12, 2011 at 02:45 PM
According to recent Department of Education statistics public school teacher average salary is $53,230. While private school teacher salary average is $39,690

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