The Lake Villa Federation of Teachers (LVFT) filed an intent to strike with the state labor relations board on Thursday in an attempt to advance contract talks with the school district.
Union and school board representatives from Lake Villa Community Consolidated School District 41 have been in contract negotiations for the past nine months and have yet to reach an agreement. The two sides have met with a federal mediator eight times. Sticking points include pay and health care benefits, according to the school board.
Union members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike back in mid-January. The intent to strike notice, which is required before teachers could walk off the job, comes after the two sides failed to strike a deal during an all-day bargaining session on Wednesday.
"The union is asking for modest raises that take into account financial realities as well as classroom-based reforms to improve teaching and learning," reads a news release from the Illinois Federation of Teachers of which LVFT is a member.
The earliest teachers could go on strike, if they choose to do so, is February 22, the Lake Villa 41 Board of Education said in a letter Thursday to the school community.
"We remain in good communication with the LVFT and, so far, they have given us no indication they will strike," the letter reads.
The next mediation session is scheduled for Wednesday.