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Hinsdale HS teachers vote to organize strike against school district

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HINSDALE, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Early Wednesday morning, contract negotiations turned ugly at schools in one Western suburb.

High school teachers at Hinsdale Township High School have voted to authorize a strike against the district.

However, the school board's president calls the vote premature since it was issued before the end of the school year and before the current contract expires. The current contract is set to expire on June 30.

ONLINE EXTRA | Open letter to school community

According to the Hinsdale Township website, negotiating teams representing the school board and the teachers union have already begun meeting to develop a multiyear contract that will serve the best interests of all district 86 stakeholders.

In an open letter to the school community, the Board of Education stated, in part:

We hope that this communication provides the District 86 community with a clear sense of the Board’s perspective as it approaches both 2014-2015 budgeting and negotiations with HHSTA. With regard to negotiations, it is important to emphasize that the Board and our community respect and appreciate our teachers — their contributions to the academic achievements of our students are evidenced every day and have helped to build our reputation as one of the top high school districts in the State and nationally.

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