Galesburg students sound off to solve strike

Thursday was supposed to be the first day of school in Galesburg.  But the second day of a teacher strike put that on hold.

Galesburg students rallied outside District 205 offices on Thursday.

They’re concerned that a prolonged strike will force the Silver Streaks to forfeit football games and other activities.

“I can’t wait for school to start, ” said senior Macy Steck, 17. “It’s really important to get senior year, so I can go off to college.”

“We’re all standing here cheering and wanting to school to start,” added senior Megan Gugliotta, 17.

The Board of Education wants to resume talks with a federal mediator next week.

Teachers don’t want to wait that long. They want to pick up talks with a new proposal without a mediator to settle the strike.

“We want to get back in the classroom as soon as we can,” said teacher Tami Qualls. “We want to establish normalcy for our students.”

Galesburg teachers plan to hold a rally for students on Friday evening, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Lincoln Park Shelter in Galesburg.

4 comments

  • Bryan

    Shame on the School Board and Shame on the teachers! There are Seniors who depend on Sports to receive Scholorships to go College! Sorry students. GREED has forced you out of school while the ” children” bicker about a 1% raise.

    • TheFatJesus

      I don’t think it is at all fair to blame the teachers or call them greedy. They are asking for changes to working conditions as well as a 1% raise. They have not received a pay increase in 5 years despite quite a bit of an increase to cost of living. The district claims because the state has cut funding they don’t have the money to pay them, despite spending millions on adding on to schools and building an unnecessary sports complex at the high school. At the end of the day teachers are regular people who have bills to pay and families to support and shouldn’t be expected to sacrifice their financial security and well being.

  • hall

    At the end of the day we all have bills to pay. I don’t get to strike if I don’t get a raise. What ever happened to the harder you work/ better you do your job the more money you can make. That is how most people live. They have a job to do and that is to teach children. Not stand on a corner complaining on how bad life is as a teacher. They know what they signed up for it isn’t like Teaching Salaries are a mystery. We all know they are rather low ( I to wish they were higher for what they do but can’t change that) And a significant increase in cost of living. This is Galesburg not Chicago.

    • TheFatJesus

      Teachers should be payed and get raises based on merit. But that is not how the current system works. If the board were wanting to change that I would be behind them 100%. But that is not the case. This is a contract negotiation. What are they supposed to do? Do they just let the board run out the clock and wait until next spring to get a new contract? And it is pretty easy to change the fact that teaching salaries are low. You stand by the teachers who want to get paid fairly. Their demands are not unreasonable. They aren’t demanding a car service to take them to and from work every day. They want mold and asbestos to be taken care of and a 1% pay increase. And you don’t have to live in a big city for the prices of food and gas to go up. Have you been to a grocery store lately?

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