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Dixon teacher contract negotiations continue late into the night

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DIXON (WREX) -

Teachers in Dixon took to the picket lines last week after failed contract negotiations. School District leaders and negotiators are at it again tonight to try and hash out the details.

Last week, DEA Union members asked for a 3.75% base raise, but district leaders said that number just isn't in the books.

Their return offer was a 1% pay increase, which would also require teachers to contribute more to their healthcare.  That offer was turned down, and teachers began the first strike Dixon's School District has seen since the 1980's.

Contract meetings resumed today.  Dixon school board members began meeting with Dixon Education Association negotiators beginning at 1:00, hours later,  they are still behind locked doors. And the an answer is still in the works at this time.

Negotiations have until five in the morning, that is the cutoff time to alert parents whether or not there will be school tomorrow. The district will issue that notification much like they would issue a snow day alert.

Mandy Dallas, DEA member and a 1st grade teacher, says, "We are set to picket tomorrow if need be, and we are really thankful for the continued community support that we're getting from parents, retired teachers, from our paraprofessionals. It's really been overwhelming. But we are hopeful that it will be settled soon and we can be back in the classroom."

These negotiations may go on very late into the night and into the early morning hours. If no settlement is reached, and the strike continues,  daycare will be an option available for 5th grade and under. Info on the school district's website.

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