Teachers, Board Quiet on Talks despite Seven Hours of Work, Key Issues Still Divide District 73

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Byline: Mark Spencer Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Hawthorn Elementary District teachers union and school board are keeping mum on the progress of talks after the latest bargaining session.

Teachers union and school board representatives met face to face for more than seven hours late into Wednesday night with the assistance of a federal mediator.

Both sides in the Vernon Hills-based district agreed afterward to limit comments on the status of the negotiations to a joint news release.

The release states "some dialogue took place," but that "the parties still remain apart on many key issues."

The next round of bargaining is scheduled for March 12.

Prior to Wednesday's session, the union had said it would take a strike authorization vote among its members if no contract settlement was reached that evening. Hawthorn teachers have been working without a contract since the end of August.

Anne Buckton, president of the Hawthorn Education Association IEA/NEA, said Thursday that a union membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night, but that a strike authorization vote would not be on the agenda. …