Carbondale Educators Intend to Strike Next Month

The Carbondale Education Association (CEA) filed an intention to strike notice with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. CEA is the union that has representation of a total of 136 teachers. The notice gives CEA members the right to go on strike on October 4, 2019. Officials say, contract bargaining began in March and their current contract expired on July 31 and the issues which need to be addressed at the bargaining table are student safety and competitive salary. Officials say, the next mediation session with the Carbondale School District Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. District 95 serves 1,536 students.

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