Suburban Teacher Strike Enters Third Day

It's unclear when teachers and the board will resume negotiations

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Monday, Jan 9, 2012  |  Updated 2:08 PM CDT
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Representatives for a teachers union and the Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 in the far northern suburbs both say they're close to a deal, but couldn't come to an agreement Thursday.
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A battle between teachers and a far north suburban school district kept almost 3,000 students at home for a third day. 
 
Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 teachers went on strike last Thursday. It affects the district’s two high schools, Zion-Benton and New Tech High School. 

 
Both sides were expected to meet at 3 p.m. Monday in Gurnee to try to resolve all remaining issues, NBC 5's Dick Johnson reported. The school board's negotiator sais he was "hopeful" that progress could be made.
NBCChicago reported last week the district wants to change the schedule of pay raises to dole them out slower. That issue appears to be close to getting settled, but a fight over insurance benefits has begun.
 
The teachers have worked without a contract since July.
 

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