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Streator teachers union wants new contract

About 50 members of the Streator Education Association walk in an informational picket Monday in rain and hail conditions in front of the Streator Elementary Schools administration building.
About 50 members of the Streator Education Association walk in an informational picket Monday in rain and hail conditions in front of the Streator Elementary Schools administration building.

About 50 Streator Education Association members walked in an informational picket Monday afternoon, the first day for interim superintendent Lisa Parker.

The association and the school board are in negotiations for a new contract. Union co-president Jan Urbance said the two sides haven’t negotiated in four months. She noted the possibility of a strike.

“It has been four months,” said Urbance from outside the school district's administration building where the picket occurred. “We’re ready to get it done. The last thing we want is to be negotiating in May.”

Urbance said the picketers were walking for “quality schools, a safe school, respect for support staff and good insurance.”

The district is in its second year of a three-year deficit reduction plan, approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

“It would have been nice to have it done before the new superintendent started,” Urbance said. “It took us eight to 10 years to get in this mess, it’s not going to take us three years to get out.”

Parker was unable to be reached for comment early Monday evening.

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