Because the District Educators' Council initiated the "public posting process" last Wednesday, we should know some details of the negotiations between DEC and the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board within the next week or so.
For it was on Oct. 26 that DEC initiated the process with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB).
That means that both the union and the board are obligated to submit their most recent offers,including the cost implications, with the state agency within seven days, which is Wednesday.
Then the IELRB is required to post that information on its website within seven days after receiving it.
The district is also required to post those offers and cost summaries on its website, in addition to notifying the media.
Board President Candance Chow told Evanston Now that the district plans to release details of its offer next Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Until now, the details of the negotiations have not been publicly released by either party.
A labor organization must wait at least 14 days following the conclusion of this process before it can strike. It also must provide a written 10-day notice of intent to strike in addition to engaging in this public posting process. All of these timeframes must be satisfied before a strike can occur.
Meanwhile, the district is looking at options, including working with community organizations, to provide support for students in the event of a strike, Chow said.
“We are currently in the planning stages,“ she added, “and will share more information with our families over the course of the coming weeks.”