- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

O’FALLON, Ill. (AP) - Teachers in southwestern Illinois who’ve been working without a contract for half the school year have announced plans to possibly walk off the job.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1eQ8YUV ) reports that the union representing teachers in Central School District 104 have filed an intent-to-strike notice with St. Clair County Regional Superintendent Susan Sarfaty. The district is in O’Fallon, east of St. Louis.

If a new contract isn’t reached within the next 10 days, teachers have the option to strike.

Sarfaty says the notice lists working conditions, wages and benefits as reasons for the threatened strike.

By state law, the union may strike as early as Feb. 13.

The district’s superintendent, John Bute, says he can’t comment on negotiations.

The district has nearly 600 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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