Teachers in the Mount Olive School District are on strike for a second day, and it is unclear as to when the walkout may come to an end.
district officials and union leaders met Monday into early Tuesday in
attempts to reach a deal, but the parties are still far apart and no
agreement was reached. The main issues of contention are retirement benefits and wage increases.
The district is offering a two percent increase for each in the
contract, but the teachers contend that the school board is going back
on a promise to provide larger increases in the next contract when they
agreed to forgo wage and benefit increases in their last round of
collective bargaining. There are no additional meetings planned this
week between the union and district officials.
During the strike, which began Monday when 39 teachers took to the picket line, there will be no classes or school activities.
with children in grades kindergarten through six can drop them off at a
daycare service that is being manned by school district administrators
Mount Olive is in Macoupin County, and is some 50 miles northeast of St. Louis.