Barrington teachers vote to authorize strike
Teacher-members of the Barrington Education Association (BEA) voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to authorize a strike if the association and school board are unable to reach a fair conclusion to contract negotiations in a timely manner.
No official strike date has been set at this time.
According to BEA officials, association members took the vote in response to the unwillingness of the school board to offer a fair agreement after eight months of bargaining. Working conditions and compensation remain as unsettled issues.
“Our argument is for quality and fairness,” said BEA President Melanie Collins. “We want to maintain the kind of quality school district that attracts and retains great teachers to serve the students – the kind of quality professionals that have made this a great school system.”
Teachers have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year.
Collins said the BEA negotiating team will meet with the board several times in November and will continue to press for progress in contract negotiations.
Melanie Collins, BEA President