- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Waukegan’s approximately 17,000 students will not be returning to the classroom on Monday as the school district and the teachers union remain apart in contract talks.

The two sides have agreed to meet early Monday in an effort to resolve their differences over salary, health care benefits and employee conditions.

Teachers went on strike Thursday morning after the district and the Lake County Federation of Teachers failed to come to terms. Lake County Federation of Teachers president Mike McGue says the union’s negotiations team was at the federation’s quarters on Friday reviewing contract proposals.

District 60 officials on Friday criticized the union’s stance in the talks, contending its focus on “more money for less work” would be detrimental to the quality of education in the district.

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